Take Control of Your YouTube Activity Sharing Settings

YouTube Broadcast Yourself

Posting videos on YouTube is seen by online marketers as the ultimate weapon in their social media arsenal.YouTube Analytics Google owned YouTube leads the ranks of online video content providers and currently serves  a previously unsurpassed 12 billion views a month. When I created my YouTube account, naturally my first instinct was to connect and enable autosharing of my YouTube activity on my Twitter account.

After all I’m a confessed Twitter addict, so why wouldn’t I want to Tweet my uploads as they go live? Soon I realized that I was Tweeting all of my YouTube activity, not just my uploads.

Personally, I’m more of a “techie tweeter” and I don’t think my followers are interested in knowing each time I “like” one of the 110 (I’m exaggerating) adorable videos of  Sweet Baby Kassie uploaded by my bff @JustKissie.

YouTube Activity Sharing Settings

If you’re like me and you want to have more control over what’s being shared from YouTube on Twitter, FaceBook, Google Reader and maybe even Google Plus, you should tweak your YouTube Account settings.

Here’s how-to get it done UPDATED JULY 2013:

  1. Remember to login to YouTube and go to the VIDEO MANAGER
  2. At the top right use the pull down menu next to your user name
  3. Select YouTube Settings
  4. From the menu on the left select Connected Accounts 
  5. Un-check any activity that you don’t want to share
YouTube Activity Settings

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The Connected Accounts menu has several options for YouTube activity that you wish to share or not. For example you can decide to share or not share when you:

  • Upload a video
  • Add video to public playlist
  • Comment on a video
  • Like a Video

 The image reveals my current settings but of course the “control” decision is yours. Now that you know how to update your settings you can always come back and adjust them when necessary, just be sure to click Save Changes.

Remember the Activity Sharing setting don’t prevent you from sharing your uploaded content directly from the video’s webpage, and it only takes a few seconds. Take advantage of this tip and consider it just one of many online reputation management tools.

Let me know if this tip is helpful to you or if you have a tip you would like to share.

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20 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. Great tip, Ileane.
    Like you, I want full control over what is shared and when it goes out. I’ll be certain to set and save the options accordingly. I don’t have any videos out there yet, but that will soon change.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Jimi, I was hoping you would see this. I’m really anxious to see the upcoming videos you have planned. I’m glad this was helpful. Thanks!

  2. Kissie

    Sadly, you “think” you’re exaggerating….she’s not even three weeks and I’m very close to #110!

    Because I’ve been uploading videos and became interested in becoming a YouTube partner, I’ve been studying the basics.

    I’ve also connected with a couple of people on there …educating about more or upcoming (beta) YouTube happenings and promises.

    Now let me go check out this Sweet Baby Kassie link! ;-)

    I appreciate the plug!!!
    .-= Kissie´s last blog ..Hands in Motion =-.

    • Ileane

      Hey Kissie, please keep me posted on your progress. It’s my pleasure to link to Kassie! Can’t wait to see her in person.
      .-= Ileane´s last blog ..Take Control of Your YouTube Activity Settings =-.

  3. Great tip, Ileane! I didn’t know I could control how much was shared. I don’t hang out on YouTube a whole lot, but I when I’m there I often subscribe to stuff. I don’t think I want Twitter blasting everyone when I go on a subscription or ‘like’ frenzy!

    Thanks!
    .-= Erica Mueller´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Little Mechanic =-.

  4. Noah, if you have a YouTube account, you can share all of your YouTube activity on Twitter, Facebook or your Google Reader. Some of the things you can share are:
    Upload a video
    Subscribe to another user’s YouTube channel
    You can also rate a video (up or down)
    Comment on a video
    Favorite a Video

    So as you can see, sharing your activities can be annoying to your Twitter followers or Facebook fans depending upon how often you share.

    I hope this answers your question, if not let me know. Thanks.

    • Screencasting will be perfect for you then. That way you never need to show yourself on camera if you don’t want to. Let me know what you need help with.

    • Hi Archon Digital. I have site that you will love using for presentations. It will show the YouTube video on a page all by itself’s (no comments, no related video or anything else). Check out http://quietube.com/ and let me know what you think.

  5. Never really cared about youtube settings.

    Now that you mentioned it, it reminds me of my youtube account that i have many important videos uploaded.

    Thanks for this Ileane!

    • Hey Justin, I noticed that you were sharing every time you subscribed to a channel and I wasn’t sure if you realized all of those tweets were going out. Hope you found the post helpful. Talk to you soon!

    • Clare,

      Do you mean disable ugly comments? from your videos?
      Yes you can delete comments. No you can’t remove tweets.

      Hope that helps!

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