In response to a question on the Digital Eve list, I’m writing this blog post. The question was:
Do you know if I can put a video in facebook (not just a link)?
And of course many people responded with information on how to post a video on Facebook.
I absolutely love Facebook, but I don’t love Flash (must be because I’m a “Mac girl” – read how being a Mac girl found me a husband here, in The #1 Thing I’ve Learned from the Life and Death of Steve Jobs, RIP). If you want to play a video on Facebook it plays it in Flash.
What I much prefer (but admittedly don’t use as much as I should) is the Youtube application for Facebook. Why? Because if people view videos via your Youtube tab on Facebook, Youtube counts the views. If you just upload a video file to Facebook, your views aren’t counted on Youtube. See How to Get Your Videos Found on Youtube in 4 Easy Steps for an explanation of why your Youtube views will get you farther than anything else.
So. Now that you know, here’s what the Youtube tab on our Facebook page looks like:
And here’s how you can set up your own YouTube tab, using the Involver app:
(It’s super-easy, so don’t think it’s a techie thing)
1. Log into your Facebook account.
2. Go to Involver’s app page and find the one for YouTube Channels. Click on the Free Install button.
3. The app will then take you back to Facebook and ask you to select the page that you want to add the YouTube channel to, from a drop-down menu. Once you do that click on the button that says Add YouTube for Pages.
4. Next, you’ll be asked to fill in your company name and phone number. After that you’ll go to another page where you will put in the name of the YouTube channel or user that you want your Facebook page to display (it doesn’t even have to be yours).
5. Check that all of the information is correct and press Save Changes, after which you can return to your Facebook page. It may take a few minutes for your YouTube tab to show up.
See, I told you it was easy!
Please link to your Youtube tab on Facebook in the comments below – I’m a Youtube junkie and that’s why I’m here at Starbucks chugging away, because Youtube videos keep me up at night. :-)
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