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Videos

Similar to the photo feature, Facebook allows you to upload, share, and tag videos. If you tag yourself or are tagged in a video, it appears in the Videos subsection of your Photos section.

Facebook provides the option of uploading a video from your hard drive or recording directly into Facebook from your webcam (see Figure 1.18). Although videos are not as popular as photos, more than 20 million videos were uploaded to Facebook per month in 2010, and more than 2 billion videos are watched per month on Facebook.

Figure 1.18

Figure 1.18 Click Add Photo, and you can either upload a video or record a video directly into Facebook with your webcam.

One of the reasons videos probably aren’t as popular is that we’re just starting to see phones that can capture and upload video. However, with digital cameras that can capture quality video, and devices such as the Flip, we believe the use of video on Facebook will continue to grow.

But videos may never be as popular as photos, because a video whose quality people feel comfortable with is harder and more time-consuming to create than a good photo. We’d say the average amateur cellphone photographer is better than the average amateur cellphone videographer, wouldn’t you?

If you’re creating a lot of video, you might want to look into TubeMogul’s OneLoad service, which allows you to upload the video once and push it out to multiple video networks. That means that you can upload a video to TubeMogul and push it out to Facebook, YouTube, Viddler, Blip.tv, Vimeo, and 20 other video networks at once.

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