Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to Download YouTube Videos for use in other channels.

Ok, so this one raises a plethora of copyright issues but that's something for you to deal with yourself. This is just a little trick I discovered I thought I'd share. It might be that a client can't find an original video you want to stream from Facebook (which is what happened in my case) or for whatever reason.

Go to a video. Go to the URL at the top of the page. In front of the word YouTube type 'ss' (after the www.) like www.ssyoutube.com/watch?... You'll then be redirected to the savefrom.net service and you can choose the resolution you want to save out to.

They also support other video and audio channels - Vimeo, DailyMotion, Soundcloud, blah. Yeah, it feels a bit 'grey hat' but it might be useful. It's good one if you want to knock up animated GIFs to boost click-through on Twitter, or whatever. Give it a punt.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

How to Work out how old a Facebook Business Page is.

So I just figured this out - in a rush of Holmes logic - and though I'd share. This is going to be my shortest blog post, ever.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you may need to know the age or your, or another persons, Facebook Page. It could be estimating growth off a similar brand, completing some documentation for the folks in PR, whatever. It's not as easy as just going to your first post, alas - if you try and scroll through all those posts you're likely to lag y'self to bits.

Instead, go to Photos, go to Profile pictures, go to the first image (down at the bottom), click on it and disco - there's a date just under the Page name (top right).

Unless the Page owner has deleted their first image (which is damn unlikely) it'll give you a reasonably accurate date of when the Page was first created.

If anyone ever finds this useful I'll be amazed, but there it is. If anyone else has any ideas for a quicker or more accurate way of doing this please gimme a shout in the comments ;)