Google launches YouTube for Government
In an effort to help government officials get a better idea of what YouTube can do, Google has launched YouTube for Government, a “one-stop shop where government officials can learn how to get the most out of YouTube as a communication tool.”
The site explains the basics of creating and customizing a channel and includes in-depth guidance on features like live streaming, annotations and playlists.
It also features links to existing government YouTube channels that use the technology in innovative ways, including the State Department and the New York City Mayor’s Office.
Many agencies have already taken advantage of YouTube. NASA’s YouTube channel was launched in 2008 and its 3,000 videos have drawn over 62 million views.
DigitalGov also offers a wealth of helpful information on posting videos, including how to make 508-accessible videos, adding a YouTube channel to DigitalGov Search and information on terms of service agreements.
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