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5 Ingenious Tips and Tricks for Enhancing your YouTube Experience

5 Ingenious Tips and Tricks for Enhancing your YouTube Experience

From rib-cracking cat videos to some of the best vines, pranks, and fails on the internet, YouTube is the ultimate master of addiction. Tales of people getting hooked on celebrity gossip videos, game walkthroughs, and blogs for hours on end are quite popular.

Apart from entertainment, YouTube is also an effective learning tool, thanks to the tons of educational and instructional videos that can make an expert pianist out of nothing, literally.

As if the videos weren’t addictive already, YouTube includes some little-known tricks that help the real YouTube to addicts stay entertained, even when not actually checking out videos. Like its parent company, Google, YouTube developers often incorporate fun pieces of code that let users play with its interface.

Here, we sample 5 of the most interesting YouTube tricks for taking your YouTube experience to the next level.

1. On-site Video Editor

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    If you regularly upload videos to your channel or are looking to start uploading, YouTube has made this process a tad easier for you. Instead of editing your videos on an expensive third-party application like Final Cut, you can use YouTube’s own on-site editor to trim or lengthen clips, add effects, music, or even add extra clips to an existing video.

    You can also create videos without worrying about compatibility and also use soundtracks and music from a huge selection of songs.

    To use this feature, simply head over to your account, upload a video, and activate the video editor. You can choose from a wide variety of tools to easily customize your videos and experience on YouTube.

    2. “Use the Force Luke”

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      Typing this phrase into YouTube’s search bar will literally make you feel dizzy. In keeping up with Google’s famous doodles (recall “Google gravity”), YouTube incorporates its own set of doodles – called Hunt the Easter Eggs – that help you kill time without actually navigating away from the site.

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      This YouTube doodle shifts the contents of the page randomly, which is actually the closest YouTube comes to getting drunk. You can use your mouse pointer to shift contents around if you want more chaos. One caveat, though: if nausea comes easily for you, this will definitely do a number on you.

      3. YouTube TV

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        Watching standard YouTube videos on regular TVs can be a pain. You have to stay really close to the TV to watch videos or make adjustments to the videos. YouTube TV (formerly Leanback) is a cool YouTube user interface that can be used to watch and control YouTube videos on your TV screen.

        YouTube TV displays full-screen videos that have been adjusted for bigger screens, giving you the same experience you’d get from watching regular TV or movies on your TV screen. You can also pair your TV with an android or iOS mobile device to control the videos, which is pretty awesome for those of us with a deep relationship with the couch.

        4. Customize Playback Settings

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          One of the reasons why YouTube is such as popular social platform is its user-friendly and feature-filled interface. One of its recent updates enables you to deactivate captions and annotations that usually appear during playback. These can sometimes get annoying because they tend to create unnecessary distractions during playback.

          You can remove these by navigating to your YouTube account and selecting the Playback option. You can then hide or unhide annotations, in-video notifications, and captions during playback.

          Early versions of YouTube also let you set video quality preferences from your account, but these have since shifted to the video playback menu for each YouTube video.

          5. YouTube Live Stream

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            Since its launch in 2011, YouTube live streaming has been undergoing changes to improve user experience and compete with the likes of Facebook Live. If you haven’t tried YouTube’s live streaming feature yet, you are missing out on a whole world of opportunity.

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            Contrary to popular belief, this feature isn’t restricted to news channels and other commercial outfits. It is an awesome platform for vlogging and broadcasting live events on personal channels. Live streaming has become significantly important for YouTube

            YouTube’s inbuilt features are always receiving tweaks and updates, so be sure to check out YouTube’s community and help center regularly for the latest tips and tricks.

            And if you are looking to further customize your experience on YouTube, there are a handful of third-party applications you can use to perform a variety of functions. Some enable you to slow, fast-forward, or repeat YouTube videos. Others enable you to download YouTube videos or convert them to other formats such as GIF.

            While many work well for the specific task you want them to accomplish, a number of them can be quite disappointing.To protect yourself from mediocre apps on your YouTube channel, read the software reviews and use the trial versions before making a purchase

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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