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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Enhancing Your YouTube Experience, again

The Swiss Army Librarian provides a useful tip for linking right to a specific spot in a YouTube video that I thought I'd share. Here's what he has to say:

I am by no means a YouTuber, so the tips I just figured out might be common knowledge, but I thought I’d share anyway.

Do you ever want to link right to a specific spot in a YouTube video? Say a video is five minutes long, but the part you want to highlight starts at 3:14 - I knew there must be a way to start the video right at 3:14 so people didn’t have to sit through the beginning portion.

After a bit of web searching, I found two ways to do this - one for a link, and one for an embedded video. And to give my examples some context, here’s our situation: You have a video of ten book reviews, and the review you wanted to link to (for Neil Gaiman’s Interworld) starts 1 minute and 11 second into the video.

Link to Video
To create a link to start at a specific spot in a video, just add #t=0m0s to the end of the regular link url. Then, change the 0’s to the minute and second you want to link to.

■Original link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep9MI5Mc7tU
■Link right to 1:11:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep9MI5Mc7tU#t=1m11s
Embed a Video
Starting a video embedded in your webpage at a specific spot is a little more work.

1.Grab the embed code from the video’s YouTube page and paste it into your webpage where you want the video to appear. The code will look something like this:



2.Put &start=71 at the end of both URLs shown in the code:



3.Notes:
■You have to translate the start time into just seconds - so 1 minute and 11 seconds becomes 71 seconds
■A lot can happen in 1 second, so the content you want might actually start in between 1:11 and 1:12 - I don’t think you can fine-tune any more than seconds. Another hiccup could be the way video files are encoded, so the start point might not always be exactly split-second precise every time

4.Enjoy:

The next logical step for this example is to also set a stop time. YouTube doesn’t seem to have a native way to do that, but both Splicd.com and Apture.com’s Builder provide this feature. Neat.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking site geared to working professionals. It's a great tool for building up your professional network and enhancing your professinal development. Just as you add friends in Facebook and people you follow in Twitter, in LinkedIn you add connections. Once you establish a connection with someone, you can view each others profiles. A LinkedIn profile can provide users with information about someone's work history, LinkedIn groups they have joined, and a list of their LinkedIn connections.

LinkedIn groups are a great way of enhancing professional development. Members of groups can discuss professional related topics of interest. Some LinkedIn groups I'm involved with include: American Library Association, College of St. Catherine Alumni, and Hennepin County Library Employees. Its also easy to start your own LinkedIn group if you wish.

LinkedIn also posts job listings and lists upcoming events within your industry. You can even set up reading lists and share what books you are currently reading with your connections.

Bing

If you haven't checked out the search engine Bing yet, you may want to do so. One of the cool features of Bing is that you can view a snapshot of a search result before clicking on it. To do so, just click on the arrow on the right hand side of the search result you wish to preview. Search results are conveniently grouped. For example, if you search your favorite author, you will see results grouped in categories such as biography, book titles, etc. Another neat thing with bing is the visual search feature. For example, if you are seeking more information a cool gadget you saw, you can use the visual search to find the picture of the gadget that matches the one you're interested in and then click on the picture to find more information about it. Google and Bing share alot of similiar features like shopping, maps, news, and searching by images and videos. However there are some differences in the interface between the two. You can also compare Google and Bing searching side by side here.