Google FanGirl: YouTube Queue
I use a lot of Google products on the daily: GMail, Docs, Reader, Analytics, Places, Maps…. you get the picture. Google is my go-to for all things web.
Naturally, of course, I watch videos on YouTube. Just like the rest of you, but I do it because I LOVE GOOGLE!
…Ahem. I noticed something totally awesome today on YouTube and it made me wonder, “Why the heck has no one else talked about this yet? Am I the only special one to hear get access to it or am I just 2 years behind, as usual?” I checked with some other Ninjas, and it seems that it is in fact a new feature, and I LOVE IT. You don’t even have to be logged in to have it.
Want to know what it is?
Lookie, there it is, at the bottom of the page!
Yup. You can now queue up YouTube videos and autoplay them. This is quicker to put together and more spontaneous than playlists, and they fulfill my Gemini self’s need to be constantly changing, adjusting, and rearranging stuff to match my mood. (Why, yes, that is Saliva’s music video, “Always.”)
Queues are super easy to set up, too. You can even add to it while you’re listening!
Step 1: Find a video you want to watch. Now, hover your mouse over the still from the video. See the plus sign that pops up?
Click that little plus sign. You’ll then see this:
Step 2: Repeat Step 1 until you have as many videos as you want to get started with.
Step 3. Play your queue, and add to it as you go through your day! To play your queue, click on that gray bar at the bottom of the page, then press the “Play” button!
You can hover over any video still (such as the recommended/related videos on the right side of any video page) to add it to your queue with the plus sign. You can also shuffle, skip videos, and remove them from your queue, if you fancy.
The queue is pretty darn useful. I like it instead of a playlist, but imagine watching speeches in one piece, hours and hours of CSPAN without having to hunt for the next video, or queuing up all of your vacation videos and torturing your friends in your living room with every shaky second.
That, my friends, is awesome, and exactly why I love Google.
Let me know if you find anymore uses for the queue. And if anyone wants to compliment my staggering paint skillz, don’t let me stop you!