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The glossary is a collection of terms in the YouTube chapter which may be unfamiliar to some people.  These terms are linked to the glossary from their locations in the informational texts.  In addition, the glossary contains external links to some of the sites mentioned, as well as a link to the YouTube-hosted glossary.


Advanced Search- The advanced search option allows you to filter your search results and be more specific in your criteria when searching for a video.  This includes duration, language, location and more specific keyword options.  To access the advanced search, click on the 'Advanced' button to the right of the search button.

Ask- Ask refers to, formerly known as  It is a website used to search for different sites on the web. separates itself from other search engines in that users may phrase their search in the form of a question.  For example, if you want to find teaching lessons, you would type a question like "Where can I find teaching lessons?" into Ask's search bar.
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Comment- A comment is a way for a viewer to respond with text to a video.  You must become a member of YouTube in order to comment on a video.  In addition, members can also respond to videos with other videos; these are linked in the comment section as well.  You can also respond with a comment to another user's comment.

Embed- Embedding is the act of taking text, or code from one website, and inserting into another in order to display an image, text, or a video.  YouTube has an 'embed' link which displays the code to enter so that the video will show up on another website. Embedding makes displaying a YouTube video on your own personal website possible.

Firefox- Firefox refers to Mozilla Firefox, a popular third party option web browser used to surf the internet.  Firefox is available for free download, and is available for both Windows and Mac users.
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Google- Google is a search engine site, most noted for its wide-spread use, and its search suggestion  feature.  As a side note, Google also owns YouTube, although it does not control any of YouTube's internal decisions.
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Internet Explorer- Internet Explorer is search engine created by Microsoft, and loaded on all PCs.  It is the default web browser for all Windows-based computer, and is also available for free download
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Mac- Mac refers to Macintosh, another name for the Apple brand of computers.  Apple is different from most computer companies in that it has its own operating software separate from Windows:  Mac OS-X.  The standard web browser for Apple is Safari.
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PayPal- PayPal is an online service which allows people to electronically transfer funds from one person to another.  PayPal uses electronic checks or credit cards as a means to transfer money electronically.  It is mostly used with online auction sites such as or other online shopping sites and online stores.  As of 2002, PayPal is officially a subsidy of eBay.  As a note of interest, the three co-founders of YouTube were originally employees at PayPal.
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Safari- Safari is a web browser which you can use to search the internet; It is the creation of Apple, and is the default web browser on all Apple computers.  It is available as a free download at Safari's website.
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Search Engine- A search engine is a website which can help you find content on the internet.  Search criteria is entered in the search bar, and then after searching the web for tags similar to your requests, the search engine will display the most accurate and most popular results for your search.  These results may be in the form of websites, text files, images, sound files, or even videos.  Examples of search engines are Google, Yahoo, and Ask.

Tags- Tags are keywords which the video's uploader enters when the video is uploaded on YouTube.  These are what the YouTube search engine uses to find videos, so making tags that accurately describe your video is important.

Upload- Upload, in this case, refers to the act of posting a file to the internet.  When referring to YouTube, uploading refers to posting a video to the website.  When a video is uploaded, the file is found on your computer, copied, then stored and displayed on YouTube's online database and website.

URL- A URL is a way to identify a website, it is the address that can be typed into a web browser to access a website.  URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and it is the method used to find all websites.  When referring to YouTube, a URL is the link to a specific video.

Web Browser- A web browser is a program on your computer which allows you to access the internet and various websites on it.  There are three main web browsers are Internet Explorer (Windows format), Safari (Mac OS-X format)

Yahoo- Yahoo is an internet search engine, it is also one of the first search engines to offer other features such as news and e-mail.
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  1. Unknown User (cmasters)

    Youtube has a glossary as well for all the terms they use. Would we want to add a link to that as well because some of the terms on there might be helpful? Here is the link to the glossay:

    1. Unknown User (trsmall)

      I think that would really be beneficial to link in our chapter.  It goes along with how to use it.

  2. Unknown User (ajburton)

    That's perfect for this sub-chapter!

  3. Unknown User (shakes)


    Thank you! That is a wonderful link, and I added it to the page

    If anyone has any other terms they want me to add to the page, please let me know