Users are Lazy
If you *want* users to re-use your content, don't make it insanely difficult to do so:
This was going to be a post entitled Which Car Would You Buy with two youtube videos: one of a Kia Rio (low-end, cheap car currently sold in North America, and the other of a chinese-made piece of crap: the 'Brilliance BS-6'.
But to post videos from youtube to your blog is an annoying, hassle-filled procedure. I'll outline the steps:
- signup at youtube.com (not so bad, but still: why couldn't I use my google account?)
- click on 'post to blog' once I'd logged in
- sign up with wordpress.com (needed to get an API Key: don't ask me why I need this)
- copy and paste Wordpress.com API Key and 'API URL' (which url is this??) into youtube, along with my blog's admin username and password
I didn't bother with the last two steps, or you'd be reading that post instead of this one.
I have no clue why it's so much effort to embed a damn video or two: one signup is fair but two is baffling. The need to enter my blog username and password (um, no thanks, thanks) is the icing on the cake: it's unbelievably insecure as the password would need to be stored in plaintext somewhere.
Update: Gootube has apparently changed its policies, sometime after this post was made.