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"As Seen on: MetaFilter." If you're paying attention to youtube videos you click through to from MeFi, you may have noticed this little link. The past 24 hours of MeFi-t00b, all in one place!

I'm not sure how this works. Is this a referrer program set up by Matt and Paul? Is it a semi-automated thing done by youtube for top referrers/synergistic social media partners? Just curious.

And of course, it's nice for those of us in a workplace where youtube is blocked, so we can review the previous day's video posts once we get home. Video junkies can check out the "Similar Sources" links on the side to find more as-yet-un-FPPed treasures to while away the hours.
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter-Related at 12:45 PM (24 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I found it by accident a couple weeks ago. We never set anything up with them, Google/YouTube must have some sort of internal referrer system that picks up and aggregates traffic.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:46 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, I'd add it to the Wiki, but I don't think it counts as a Shadowy Back Alley (not hosted on a mefi domain). More Resources?
posted by Eideteker at 12:48 PM on August 17, 2011


Cool! Thanks for the speedy reply, Matt. I'm always curious about these processes; it's fun to see which are automated and therefore more likely leading to the ultimate consciousness of the Internet.
posted by Eideteker at 12:51 PM on August 17, 2011


Hey, since we're talking about links from metafilter getting recognized by another online entity, I've got a question about an issue I pretty much haven't paid attention to at all: NYTimes links and the paywall.

Unless I'm mistaken, there's some sort of allowance for NYT links that come from search engines and blogs of note. Is that right? I seem to remember a while back that Matt (or maybe another mod?) was talking about trying to get on that list of sites that can link without paywalling the clickers. How's that coming along?

(Yes, in the meantime I know about ?ref=fb, I'm just curious.)
posted by phunniemee at 1:04 PM on August 17, 2011


Similar sources

kottke.org
The Consumerist
Mashable
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
BuzzFeed - Latest


Hmm....
posted by anotherpanacea at 1:07 PM on August 17, 2011


MetaTube: The Plasticfilter it's not ok to not watch.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:34 PM on August 17, 2011


I'm pretty sure this means there are officially way too many posts centered around Youtube.
posted by crunchland at 2:55 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Take it to 2007.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 2:56 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


There's a separate one for Ask Metafilter that I noticed a couple weeks ago. It's empty right now, though.
posted by donnagirl at 2:58 PM on August 17, 2011


Remember when everyone was all: Hey, yeah we know youtube exists, we can stop linking it now?
posted by empath at 3:04 PM on August 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


As Seen On

So yeah, this is a crawling thing from our end.
posted by wildcrdj at 3:19 PM on August 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cool. cool cool cool.
posted by Elmore at 3:29 PM on August 17, 2011


THIS IS TEH AWESOME
posted by desjardins at 4:32 PM on August 17, 2011


"Remember when everyone was all: Hey, yeah we know youtube exists, we can stop linking it now?"

Yes! And now, perhaps because we didn't listen, it's linking to us...
posted by Eideteker at 4:47 PM on August 17, 2011


Google's massive tangled haystack of stuff has become so damned messy and opaque, it's almost like they deliberately don't want people to understand things or know how they work, or, half the time, that they even exist.

Which is possible, I guess, but that could also just be the senile dementia talking.

I am scared of Google now.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:47 PM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's almost like they deliberately don't want people to understand things

Except for the part where MeFi's Own wildcrdj gives us the straight skinny in under three hours. I'm always tickled when that sort of thing happens.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:11 PM on August 17, 2011


Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

We'll have none of that combat fatigue shit in this battalion, soldier!
posted by flabdablet at 6:11 PM on August 17, 2011


Except for the part where MeFi's Own wildcrdj gives us the straight skinny in under three hours. I'm always tickled when that sort of thing happens.

As am I. I was speaking more generally.

I am still scared of Google.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:47 PM on August 17, 2011


Cool. cool cool cool.

Abed! Abed Abed Abed!
posted by psoas at 6:52 PM on August 17, 2011


I wanted to get to bed early tonight, goddamnit.
posted by not_on_display at 9:34 PM on August 17, 2011


Damn, people pushed this post off the front page ALREADY. School must be back in session. GO STUDY YOU DAMNED KIDS!
posted by Eideteker at 4:04 PM on August 18, 2011


So why doesn't this link work the way I think it should? http://www.youtube.com/social/blog/facebook
posted by crunchland at 4:09 PM on August 18, 2011


crunchland - the answer appears to be: a bug, that will now be fixed. Thanks :) [I don't work on this feature but I pinged the relevant team]

(on a side note, one thing I hadn't noticed before about these pages is you can subscribe to them like a channel/feed, so videos put on metafilter will appear in your homepage feed / subscriptions, if you have a youtube account)
posted by wildcrdj at 4:43 PM on August 18, 2011


I am sad that http://www.youtube.com/social/blog/gamefilter just redirects to the Youtube homepage. I guess there is some large-site algorithm in place or something to decide what gets created (or it's not entirely automatic).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:06 PM on August 18, 2011


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