YouTube Layer in Google Earth Updating Daily

YouTube layer in Google EarthBack in June, Google added the ability to map the location of a video to YouTube. A month later, Google added the ability to show video clips within Google Earth placemarks. Then in October, Google released a YouTube layer in Google Earth to show placemarks of mapped YouTube videos. You find this layer under the layer pane inside the Gallery layer folder (its alphabetical, so YouTube is at the bottom). This layer has been growing in size since October, and for the past few weeks it apparently has been updating on a daily basis. I confirmed that the video I did on the dinosaur Street View shot was in the YouTube layer yesterday. So, if you map your YouTube video when you upload it, check back a day or so later to see it in the Google Earth layer.
By the way, since the YouTube layer represents videos mapped by people all over the world, I think it should be part of the Geographic Web layer which also has geotagged photos from Panoramio, geotagged articles from Wikipedia, and the best of placemarks from the Google Earth Community.

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  1. I want to know when the breaking point for YouTube videos is going to be. You go to the White House, for example, and there are already hundreds of videos. I don’t know the answer, but is there a point where it will be too cluttered? And then what? I love the idea and use it with students, but it’s a question that has come up.

  2. hi Frank – I recently blogged about the poor quality of georeferencing for a lot of the YouTube videos. My theory is that there’s a general lack of understanding of scale when adding features to maps. These are very useful features (I work in nature conservation) but need to be looked at critically in order to improve their quality in the future.

  3. Matt, this is an excellent point. I think Google’s interface for the getagging of videos is partly to blame. They need to encourage people to zoom in closer and position their video geotag more accurately.

  4. Jim Bollinger says:

    When I open a location in Google Earth and go to street level…I find that the are is covered with an opaque film…How can I get rid of that film so that I can focus in on buildings?

  5. I want to know when the breaking point for YouTube videos is going to be. You go to the White House, for example, and there are already hundreds of videos. I don’t know the answer, but is there a point where it will be too cluttered? And then what? I love the idea and use it with students, but it’s a question that has come up.

  6. As the YouTube layer grows, I predict Google will use techniques of choosing the most popular videos to be shown first for areas with cluttered placemarks.
    Google already is very effective with ranking popularity for their search results, one can only hope they can do as good a job with YouTube. It’s also possible they will let you perform searches for YouTube specific information with results returned as placemarks.

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