What do all the YouTube buttons mean?

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Everyone loves YouTube!  Well, just about everyone I guess.  Here are a couple of interesting facts about the YouTube site:

1. YouTube is a social network, much like Facebook.  You can have your own channel, subscribe to people, “Friend” people, and communicate directly through the site just like sending a Facebook message.

2. YouTube is the second most popular search engine on the web (we all know who is first of course).  If you want to learn about something, a YouTube search is often just as valuable as a Google search.


When you are viewing a YouTube video, you might notice that there are a lot of buttons and things to click on.  What do they all do?

YouTube play button

YouTube volume

YouTube elapsed time

YouTube annotations

YouTube closed captioning

YouTube resolution quality

YouTube watch later

YouTube picture size

YouTube full screen

YouTube likes

YouTube Add To

YouTube share

YouTube flag

YouTube views

YouTube stats

One more thing you will see above the video is a “Subscribe” button.  If you find a particular YouTube video creator that you like, you can Subscribe and get a notification whenever a new video is uploaded to that channel.

A YouTube channel that I recommend is Jack Vale Films.  This guy makes videos of the “Candid Camera” variety, and he is the creator of The Pooter (you can see The Pooter in action in many of his videos).  He is a family man that just loves having fun, and all of his videos are safe for everyone to watch.  He started off just making a few funny videos for YouTube, then began to gain a large following and now makes his living doing these videos.  He has over 260,000 subscribers, and his videos have been viewed almost 70 million times.


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