YouTube Gets a New Sharing Option: Unlisted Videos
Article by George Norman
On 17 May 2010
Imagine this situation if you will: you come up with a video of some sort and you would like to share it with your friends and relatives, only your friends and relatives. You could post the video to the web, but then everyone out there can see it, so that is not a proper solution.

You could post the video to YouTube and set the sharing option to "Private". The downside is that the private sharing option is capped to 25 people. So this is not a solution either, not if you want more than 25 people to see the video. It is quite a dilemma, I agree – but one that the YouTube team has recently solved by releasing a cool new feature: "Unlisted videos".


Thanks to this new feature, you can post a video to YouTube, then take the link of the video and share it with your friends and family. They will be able to view the video on popular video-sharing site YouTube.

“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,” explained Software Engineer on the YouTube team, Jen Chen.

If you have any problem using ‘Unlisted videos’, please refer to this Help Center page.

In related news, YouTube has recently added 5 new languages to the list of languages it supports. These languages are reek, Hungarian, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian. Furthermore, the popular video sharing site has updated its looks (just like Google search did).

Tags: Google, YouTube, Unlisted Videos
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