How to Add a YouTube Video to a LinkedIn Update and Have It Play Inside (video demo)

I found a lot of help explaining how to insert a video into my LinkedIn profile via a Google Docs or presentation. But I couldn’t find anything on how to insert a YouTube video inside a LinkedIn Update (not just a link). Via AutoShare on YouTube, my new uploads get tweeted, and my tweets feed into LinkedIn (via Settings), but I also wanted the option of republishing a video update later.

WAY ONE: When you’re on the video watch page on YouTube, you can click Share, More to expand the options, and choose LinkedIn.

WAY TWO. I recorded a quick video below (after the graphic). The issue was finding the right URL to the video that worked (there are several instances of a video URL on YouTube, but the one in the instruction below is the only one I tried that worked). UPDATE: I’ve gone back and tried the other instances of the URL (browser bar, etc.) and everything worked.

  1. Find the video you want on YouTube, right-click on it, and click Copy video URL.
  2. Go to LinkedIn, create a new update, and click Attach a Link.
  3. Paste the YouTube URL in the Add URL box.
  4. Click Attach, Share

That’s it! See the video demo below if you need more help.

Video Demo

Here’s a video to step you through it. Let me know if you know of a better way or have a question…leave a comment here or on YouTube. Thanks!




WordPress Video No Longer Disappears During Edits When Using YouTube's Embed Code

I wrote a recent article and recorded a how-to video (below) on how to use a special plugin when inserting a YouTube video into a blog post. The plugin was necessary because of an unexplained bug when using the Upload/Insert video command in native WordPress. If you used it along with YouTube’s embed code, the video would disappear if you made a change to the blog post later from the Visual tab as opposed to the HTML tab.

With the newest update to WordPress (3.3), here’s what happens.

  • If you use YouTube’s video embed code and insert it into your post using the native WordPress Upload/Insert video command, the video will no longer disappear later if you make a change to the blog post on the Visual tab.
  • Over on YouTube, if you right-click on the YouTube video and click Copy video URL, then use that URL with the native WordPress Upload/Insert command, your video will disappear later if you make a change to the post from the Visual tab. In that case, you’ll need to use the method in my video below.


My iPhone Videos Were Sideways or Upside Down: A Free Solution to this Annoying Problem

What an annoyance! When I’d slide my videos off my iPhone to my Windows laptop, they’d play fine in QuickTime, but sideways or upside down in all of my Windows media software. I turned to Google for a solution and discovered Free Video Flip and Rotate, a free download at (lots of other  downloads here).

This software is so simple and easy to use (when you use it, click the to browse for your files).

It worked great. But then I played the video. My video and voice were not synched. I tried it again, but first, I converted the video to a Windows format (I usually convert to .avi) using the Movavi Video Converter (DVDVideoSoft also has a video converter that might work for you, but I already had Movavi, and it’s the one software that keeps the quality of the video every time).

It’s also best to move the file to your computer first.

What did I do before Google? It solves so many of my problems.

Note: The free Windows Live Movie Maker will rotate your video, but I lost the quality for some reason. You can also rotate a video in YouTube’s video editor, but I work with my videos before uploading.


Record Better Sound with the iRig Mic for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

If you’re not satisfied with the sound quality when you record videos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, get the iRig microphone. In the video below, I’ll show you the difference in the sound quality when the mic is used. It has three settings that will change how the sound is picked up in various situations.

  • Low intensity setting will capture all the sounds around you.
  • Medium intensity setting cuts out the noise around you and is ideal for busy tradeshow interviews, podcasting, and other similar work. This is the setting I use.
  • High intensity setting cuts down the background noise, but records loud.

I want to use my iRig mic with other gadgets other than the iPhone or iPad (if I had one). I found an adapter that works. It turns the iPhone connector into a standard mic plug. K-AD-IMIC (iPhone iMic to standard mic plug Adapter, 3.5mm TRS Male to 3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Female).

I also want to use my other microphones with the iPhone so I purchased the adapter, KM-IPHONE-MIC (iPhone 1/8 inch microphone adapter – 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm Microphone Input Jack).



Use the iGo Battery and Charger to Juice Your iPhone and Other Gadgets Without an Electrical Outlet

Have you been away from your home base and your gadget battery was dead, or close to it, and there was no electrical outlet anywhere? Or have you been at the airport, coffee house, or bookstore, and the few available outlets were taken? Me too. That’s why I’m so excited about the iGo. It’s a battery and charger in one. You can use it to charge various gadgets without an outlet, just by changing the tip.

I made this quick video to demo using my iGo to charge my iPhone (you can order various tips to fit whatever gadget you use, including a laptop).

You can purchase the iGo from Amazon (this is a link to the unit I purchased on Amazon for my iPhone) where it’ll probably be less expensive than buying from the manufacturer. Two tips came with this order: one for my iPhone and an extra tip for a BlackBerry. Other tips are available, if not on Amazon, check out

So don’t get caught with another dead battery and nowhere to plug it up. Impress your friends and colleagues with this simple but powerful technology and charge your battery anywhere with iGo. Let me know what you think.


Send Your Product for Reviews

If your company manufacturers a gadget or software that improves productivity or helps with small business marketing, send it my way to review. First, email me with a brief description of your product and include a link to your Website. I’ll respond if I’m interested. No returns. Thank you!



How to Create a YouTube Channel and Take It to the Next Level (a New Booklet and Training)

For the past two or three years, I’ve been creating videos of computer demos and to build excitement about events I’m involved in. When I needed somewhere to put them to gain the most exposure, YouTube was the logical solution. When I found out that YouTube is the number two search engine, I became even more focused on video, and I wanted to take my channel to another level.

UPDATE: YouTube commands change with no warning. I’ve ceased publication of the booklet mentioned below. But you’re in luck because I’ve recorded a lot of how-to videos and put them on my YouTube channel for free. Here is a link to the playlist (bear in mind that YouTube instructions change often. I do check these videos periodically and make changes via the annotations, but they will not be exact).

The Publication
I started digging around YouTube and soon realized there’s a lot more to its capabilities than you see on the surface. I wanted to learn more and looked for a book. The only one I found was over 300 pages and had way more information in it than I needed. I ended up taking all my notes and tips and published How to Create, Build, and Manage a YouTube Channel Made Easy (no longer available). See the update above for another learning opportunity.

Click the image below to visit my channel, DigitalBreakthroughs, and learn from some of my videos. They’re separated into playlists to make it easier to go to what interests you. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment on YouTube.PEACE.


Create a Video Channel on Your Site With Viddler's Vidget

In a previous post, I wrote about using the little-known YouTube Video Bar to create the look that big news stations and other company sites with the big bucks have for displaying their videos (UPDATE: YouTube discontinued the Video Bar). I mentioned that customization of the video bar required adjusting the computer code behind it. This is not an option for me to use and maintain my sanity.

I found another free service that was exactly what I wanted at — a vidget, no programming needed. A vidget is a collection of videos inside one video player. Just fill out the form and copy the resulting embed code into your site.

As I load new videos, my vidget updates automatically everywhere it’s embedded. Give it a try and leave a comment to let us know what you think.


How to Add the Windows Media Player to Your PowerPoint Slide

You can insert the Windows Media Player onto a slide and assign a movie to it. During your slide show, you’ll be able to adjust the movie volume, stop it, etc. (the free player must be installed on your computer).

1. Add the Developer tab to the ribbon (click the Office button, PowerPoint Options, Popular, tick Show Developer tab in the Ribbon, OK).

2. Click the Developer tab, More Controls. Scroll to and click Windows Media Player, OK, click and drag on the slide to draw it. Resize from the corners if you need to.

3. Add the movie (RIGHT-click on the player, Properties. You should be on the Alphabetic tab. Double-click (Custom), Browse to find the file, and double-click it.)

4. Close the Properties dialog box, and launch your slide show, OK.

Learn everything you’ve wondered about PowerPoint in my new book, Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint 2007. No fluff. Beginning to advanced in about 100 pages. In plain English.