YouTube Broadcast Yourself

Remember back when websites used to be way simpler and easier to use? Now a-days, in the post Web 2.0 era, many websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have evolved into full-on software. So what does this mean for you, the user, who just wants to use the core, basic functionality of the site?

That’s where YouTube Broadcast Yourself comes in. On the surface this site looks very basic, but that’s where it’s beauty and true value is. YouTube Broadcast Yourself is very similar to what the Google homepage is today, and what YouTube used to be years back, before all the complexity. You simply enter your video search into the big search box, click the search button, and go. The homepage also features 48 featured videos pull from YouTube’s featured videos of the day.

It’s a simple search engine for YouTube and it talks directly to the YouTube servers, using the YouTube Gdata API, so you’re getting both the results and the streaming connection directly from them; the interface just strips away all the unnecessary features like user profiles, Google+, etc.

Another great feature is the use of JavaScript, sitewide, to provide LightBox video popups, text popups, and video previews.

So what are you waiting for? Give YouTube Broadcast Yourself a try. It’s YouTube search, simplified, and a throwback to the good-old-days, when things were simpler – Embedded data.

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