When people talk about today’s most popular social sharing websites, YouTube is often left out of the conversation in favor of sites like Facebook and Twitter.
But make no mistake: YouTube has a lot to offer. Although Facebook is the largest social networking site, YouTube has the second largest reach after Facebook in terms of overall usage. It is also the second largest search engine behind its parent company, Google. And if you want to grow on this platform, you can buy YouTube views and attract brands.
And there are a lot of cool things you can do with YouTube that you might not know about, whether you use YouTube to watch videos, post them, or both. For example, did you know that YouTube has its own virtual reality (VR) settings to watch any 360 degree video or download free music for PC without programs? Or that you can create a YouTube time link that takes viewers to a specific moment in the video?
You can convert any YouTube video to GIF using URL
Everyone loves GIFs, but knowing how to create them is not common knowledge. Well, it should be, because all it takes is a little YouTube URL hacking.
To create a GIF from a YouTube video: Select a video to watch on YouTube and find the URL at the top of your browser. Add the word “gif” just before the domain name so that it reads “www.gifyoutube.com/[your-video-tag]”.
This will take you to a page, with your video already uploaded and ready to be edited. Here you will find a menu of options on the left side with a timeline bar at the bottom of your video. You can set the duration of the GIF, crop its frame, add subtitles, and more.
You can create, share and collaborate on video playlists
Just like your other favorite media sharing sites like Spotify and iTunes, you can create a “playlist” on YouTube, which is really just a place to store and organize your videos (yours and others’) . You can keep playlists private, make them public, or even share them directly with others.
Playlists are useful for many different types of users, whether it’s an individual collecting cooking videos for their next dinner party or a brand segmenting their YouTube video content by topic.
You can save videos to watch them later
Have you ever watched YouTube videos that you wished you could bookmark for later? Maybe you can’t turn on the sound right now, or maybe you just don’t have time to watch it. Well, YouTube removed a page from Facebook’s…book…by adding something very similar to Facebook’s “Save for Later” feature. On YouTube, you can save videos to a “Watch Later” playlist to access them whenever you want.
The watch later playlist works like a normal playlist, so the instructions are the same as the previous step (except you can’t invite others to collaborate on your watch later playlist. late).