Google has been rolling out new products and features in excess as of late. The most recent is a partnership and tighter integration with the social network Facebook.
Youtube is now experimenting with a new “feed” which will connect YouTube and Facebook. The Facebook feed will push your friends embedded YouTube videos directly to your YouTube homepage.
While the YouTube syndication is still being tested, this blog post will provide deeper details on how you can try the feed for yourself.
A software engineer at YouTube, Chris Testa, said in the blog post:
“Sometimes those videos are served up by algorithms that offer recommendations based on your viewing history or the channels you’re subscribed to. By adding the videos your friends are embedding on Facebook into the mix, we’re hoping to close a loop with regards to how videos are shared and consumed these days.”
So why would YouTube want to go this route? Consider this – according to YouTube, a staggering 46.2 year’s worth of YouTube videos are viewed on Facebook everyday. The numbers for other social networking sites Orkut, MySpace and Hi5 trail off significantly at 12.7, 5.6 and 1.2 year’s worth of video views per day, respectively.