Feed YouTube Videos to your Website

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The YouTube API allows you to easily add YouTube videos to your website or application. Through the API, you gain access to key parts of the YouTube video repository and user community through the open API interface and RSS feeds.

As an example, let's say you had a martial art website and you wanted to add Brazilian Jiu Jitsu videos to your site on a daily basis. Through the API, you can define certain keywords and automatically insert the related videos onto your website every day.

The API offers several different methods for pulling/feeding the videos to your application, which cover tags, user profile information, favorite videos, featured videos, categories, as well as the content from the YouTube Blog. The information returned from the list methods is usually enough to display a video on your site.

To get started, you need to register for a YouTube developer account. This will provide you with a developer ID and access to the YouTube API so you can get started.

I took a look at ProgrammableWeb.com and found 81 YouTube mashups created by developers. A mashup is an application, created by a user, that uses data of one or more application(s) and/or website(s) (through an open API or RSS feeds) to "mash" together into one application.

Here's a mashup that "mashes" Google Maps and YouTube videos together to allow users to watch and/or listen to videos (taken from YouTube and Google Videos) of world national anthems.

Over the past few months, YouTube has become one of the most popular sites to create mashups for and I'm sure we'll see some clever new ideas in the very near future.

Daryl H. Bryant is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Horizons, helps his clients achieve online success through search engine marketing and customized website solutions.

 

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