YouTube is a vast library of online videos. There truly is something there for everyone.
This amount of content makes narrowing a search challenging, but doable. It is possible to find quality health-related videos on YouTube.
Creating An Account
Go to YouTube.com and create an account by clicking the Sign Up link on the top right.
As you’re filling in the blanks on the sign-up page, notice the little box that says, “Let others find my channel on YouTube if they have my email address.”
Channels are people’s accounts. Think of YouTube as a giant TV and everyone signed up, including you, is hosting his/her own channel. Yikes! Very crowded, but there are gems in the crowd.
Once done with the sign-up page, you’ll go to another page where you’ll type in your email and password. At the end of this process, YouTube sends you an email asking you to confirm your account. Follow the email instructions and you’ll soon be on your very own YouTube account page. When you get there, look in the upper right corner of that page. If your user name is there, you’re signed in and ready to go.
Take a look at your personalized home page. The first option you have is Add/Remove Modules. Click on that to go to Account Settings, where you pick and choose what you want to see on your home page (e.g. add/remove subscriptions, recommendations, friend activity, ect.).
Subscriptions is next (videos from channels to which you’re subscribed), then Recommendations (videos recommended by YouTube that you may like), followed by Friend Activity (videos your friends have uploaded), Featured Videos (videos that are featured on YouTube), and Videos Being Watched Now (which is self-explanatory).
Finding health channels to subscribe to is easy―just type a keyword (e.g HIV/AIDS, pertussis, H1N1, etc.) into the search box.
The search brings you results from Channels (other users’ accounts) and Playlists (a user-maintained list of videos).
Browse the channels and playlists and when you find something you like, click the gold Subscribe button on that page.
Subscribing allows you to get up-to-date videos from the channels or playlists you select and feeds those videos to your home page.
When looking for a range of information providers to subscribe to, sorting by Playlist can be beneficial, as playlists may be made up of videos created by that particular user, or videos the user likes that are created by others, or a combination.
You can also click on the Community tab (see above) and browse videos by categories, shows, movies, channels, contests and events.
Once you’ve identified a health information source and determined its credibility, click subscribe.
The new videos from that user’s channel or playlist will then show up on your YouTube home page under subscription.
It is that easy, so jump in and don’t forget to find some funny vids to get you through the day.