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YouTube it!

Posted October 25, 2012 9:40 AM by larhere

We all know how to "Google" something. I can't understand why we are so slow to embrace the verb to "YouTube" a topic. Sure, we get a line item somewhere down the page when we Google something listing Videos for the topic...relatively obscure and only showing only three or four possibilities. Not a very aggressive search when we compare the value in a video compared to getting a page full of text or advertisements.

One of the increasingly valuable tools in my work is YouTube. Want to see how the Advantix liquid desiccant systems operate? YouTube it.

What is the new Danfoss EcoFlow system that supposedly controls each circuit independently and allows defrost of individual circuits? YouTube it.

Visiting a company for a project? YouTube the company name or key individuals, product brand names, etc., etc..Take a guided tour of their factory.

Want to see the latest in Copeland Scroll™ Compressor Modulation Technologies? You know how.

Can't take the time to visit the AHR Expo? Just plug in search terms such as AHR Expo or AHR Show and you will get great videos of new products, technologies and features without having to deal with the joys of air travel.

Give it a try. You'll be surprised.

Editors Note: CR4 would like to thank Larry Butz, President and CEO of GEA Consulting, for contributing this blog entry.

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10/25/2012 9:54 AM

Interesting discussion.

We have had a few CR4 members who have, in response to a question here in the forum, made and posted a YouTube video demonstrating the answer. This made the response clearly understood understandable, and seems to me to be an excellent way to demonstrate a hands on solution.

This technique seems to be especially effective if a language barrier exists.

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10/25/2012 12:24 PM

As they say, "one picture is worth a thousand words". People (me) don't like to open a video as it may take too much time and could lead you away from the principal topic. When I open a video in U-tube, there is always other video thumbnails shown in the right side panel which can lead me OT.

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10/25/2012 3:00 PM

What? You don't have the willpower to stay on the original topic?

Wait a minute... I better think about this for a while... Never mind.

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10/25/2012 12:35 PM

I agree with Ron,

I changed the Altenator on My Oldsmobile intrique, as well as the window regulator.

Pictures help, a video of changing the regulator would have helps. (had trouble removing the radiator, or other small chores around the house. But for the most part, is not as portable as a paper, and one isn't able to skip around.

But for the most part, when it is written, I like it when I'm working on it to have that printed paper just to review the next steps.

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10/25/2012 8:54 PM

so we will able to embed videos instead of just a link, like practical red light camera?

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10/25/2012 11:12 PM

I will likely never use YouTube as a source for new information. Why? Because I find video, as a means of imparting valuable information, rather superficial. Perhaps my mind is slowing down as I advance in age, but even most slide presentatiosn impart very little useful information.

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10/26/2012 2:08 PM

I didn't think much of it, but my girlfriend watch some pretty interesting shows.

Documentaries, and comedy's.

She loves "Whose line is it anyway", a show the started in England and is now America has its own version.

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10/26/2012 1:29 PM

I have found that You Tube is very valuable for research. You can even find specific information on how to fix specific model years of cars. Just about anything can be researched on You Tube, to great benefit. Some people are visual learners, and appreciate it more. It can be watched on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop, right where you are working. You can subscribe to specific subject videos also. Very handy. It can also be used for entertainment etc. I don't use it as much as I should.

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10/27/2012 12:04 AM

I go there mostly for the 'oldies but goodies' music and appreciate the efforts of those who have posted there. ^_^

However, it is as clogged with worthless info as google and quite often the video titles are misleading and don't really relate to what's actually in the video.

Spend too much time wading through the schmutz to find what you really want.

I guess it has its place...certainly less chaotic than twitter (I will Never 'tweet') but I think it will take some time before people in general will take the site serious enough to use "YouTube" as a verb. This was not its original purpose.

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10/30/2012 1:22 PM

Many organizations and businesses have blocked it. I live in a retirement community, and the resident and staff computer labs are run by a nanny, and they use the child protection features to avoid us old folk from seeing anything grown-up. Companies block it for obvious reasons, mainly the wasting of manhours. We have an in-house educational channel and I did a piece on being a small boy in London during WW2. I found lots of valuable video on YouTube but the producer had to work it at home until they built her a special access at work.

As with the others it is often imprecise and the presenters assume levels of knowledge of the subject that may or may not be there in the viewer.

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