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Intriguing Interfaces: How to share private videos on YouTube

Published 13 July 2008

Although they label it as “beta”, YouTube has done some re-working of their video management interfaces in quite an intriguing manner. With their interface changes, the Help Center Page is a little out of date. The comment mechanism on their blog doesn’t work (note all the double comments—mine didn’t even show up). I thought I’d post here instead.

You can share your private video by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your account.
  2. Enter the “My Videos” section. There are three ways to do this:
    • Click the “My Videos” link in the “Account” dropdown at the top of the page.
    • Click the “Account” link at the top of the page, then click the “Uploaded Videos” link in the “My Videos” section.
    • Click the “Account” link at the top of the page, then click the “Videos, Favorites & Playlists” link in the “My Account” dropdown.
  3. Click the edit button next to the video you would like to share.
  4. In the address bar of your Web browser, change the the text my_videos_edit2 in the URL to my_videos_edit.
  5. Under “Broadcast Options”, click “choose options”
  6. Click the “Private” radio button “+” next to the label that contains the user you want to share with. If you do not have a Label set up, do the following:
    1. Click the “edit contacts” link.
    2. Click “New Label” either under the “Label” drop down or the “New” drop down.
    3. Enter a name for the list, then click “Create”
    4. Click on “All Contacts”
    5. Click the name of your contact.
    6. Click “Edit”
    7. Check the check box next to the label to which you want to add the friend.
    8. Click the “Save Changes”
  7. Click the “Update Video Info” button.

And there it is: eight (or fifteen) simple steps to sharing a private video on YouTube.