5 YouTube tips you should be using

According to YouTube, every American watches nine videos a day, but it's very possible that most of them are missing out on these tips and hidden features.

With YouTube's ever-growing popularity and our increasing obsession with cute cat videos, it's no wonder the online video service  surpassed 3 billion views a day  this year. According to YouTube, every American watches nine videos a day, but it's very possible that most of them are missing out on these tips and hidden features:

1. Link to a specific point in the video. You can link your friends to a specific point in the video (say, 30 seconds in) using what YouTube calls "deep links." While the video is playing, right-click it at the point you want to share and select "Copy video URL at current time." 

2. Discover new music. You can find YouTube's answer to Pandora at YouTube.com/Disco. Enter the name of an artist or song title and a playlist featuring songs similar to what you entered will be created and put on autoplay. There are also options to shuffle, repeat, and save the playlist. 

3. Use the "Add to" feature. Sign into YouTube and you'll find a button just below the video player with a plus sign and "Add to." Clicking this button will add the video you're viewing to your Watch Later playlist, and clicking the arrow to the right of it will allow you to add the video to another playlist or your favorites. You'll also find these options when you hover over any video thumbnail throughout YouTube. 

4. View your history, likes, and playlist. When you're signed in, click on your username (at the top), then "Videos." You'll be taken to a page where you can view your history, videos you've liked, and playlists you've created. Viewing your history can be especially handy when you can't remember the title of a video that you previously viewed.

5. Play Snake. No, really. While you wait for a video to buffer, press any arrow key and the loading circle will instantly turn into a game of snake. You can continue playing, even when the video resumes--but that kind of beats the purpose, right?

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5 YouTube tips you should be using

YouTube is more than just cat videos and cover songs. Sharon Vaknin gives you 5 essential tips to get the most out of it. --

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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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