YouTube in an effort to be more transparent and help cultivate the YouTube community has been asking for questions on various topics and then having YouTube employees answer them in video form. The first topic they tackle is on the YouTube partnership progam which is a revenue sharing program with big YouTube content producers and is currently in 14 countries. The program allows content producers to earn part of the advertising revenue that appears on and around their videos. Watch the video for some more details on the YouTube Partner program.
Today YouTube rolled out a new feature that only lets people watch videos you upload to YouTube if they have the link to the direct video. It keeps it from being able to be searched in YouTube, but lets more than 25 people view your videos like what happens if you make a video private.
From the YouTube blog:
With this feature, you can mark your videos as “unlisted.” This means only people who have the link to the video will be able to watch it. It won’t appear in any of YouTube’s public pages, in search results, on your personal channel or on the browse page. It’s a private video, except you don’t need a YouTube account to watch it and there is no limit to the number of people who can view it. You’ll get a link when you upload the video and then it’s up to you to decide who to share it with. Unlisted is the perfect option for that class project, video from last summer’s family reunion or your secret Broadway audition tape.
Nice feature if you want to share a video with people that follow you on Twitter, but not the whole world. What would you use this for?
Yesterday marked the five year anniversary for YouTube. It was on February 14 2005 when the youtube.com domain was registered. It wasn’t until April 23rd 2005 when the first video was uploaded to YouTube and the landscape of online video would be forever changed.
The First video Uploaded to YouTube
Blog post from one of YouTube’s founders, Chad Hurley, commemorating the 5 year anniversary.
When we registered the YouTube domain on February 14, 2005, we set out to create a place where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection could share a story with the world. Five years into it, we’re as committed as ever to the core beliefs and principles that guided YouTube’s creation:
Video gives people a voice – From classrooms to war-torn countries, the Queen of England to the King of Pop, the Pope to the President of the United States, and the hillsides of Port au Prince to the streets of Tehran, video has the power to give rise to the most diverse set of faces and voices ever seen or heard in human history.
We succeed when our partners succeed – Our content partners run the gamut, from major Hollywood studios to aspiring filmmakers and vloggers who can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary on the turn of a dime. Content creation isn’t our business; it’s theirs. But breaking open access to media and distribution means delivering the world’s largest global audience and the revenue models they need to succeed, as well as the tools they need to control their content.
Video evolves fast, YouTube must evolve faster – The Internet evolves at break-neck speed. We launch products quickly and constantly iterate to stay one step ahead of it. Our goal? To set the standard in online video delivery. Fast loading, high quality videos need to be able to play on any device, anywhere, anytime. And whether we’re supporting 1080p, 3D, or deploying auto-speech recognition technology, we innovate with an eye toward providing the best possible experience for all of you.
Thanks for being part of the YouTube community and for shaping what the site is today. We’re looking forward to celebrating our fifth anniversary throughout the year and hope you’ll keep watching, keep uploading, keep sharing, keep informing, keep entertaining, and keep discovering the world through video.
Chad Hurley, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTube