You can think of this Chrome extension as the “Read-It-Later” for YouTube videos. It performs nearly the same job for YouTube videos as does the so named browser add-on does for webpages. Online video bookmarking services exist. We have taken brief looks at video bookmarking tools like Radbox. Then there are cool tools like Zootool, and YouTube’s own Watch it Later feature. Watch It Later has a little limitation of only allowing videos that follow YouTube’s new embed style.
So, where does the Chrome extension called Video History for YouTube fit in? On the high table surely, because the YouTube Chrome extension has a few more tricks up its sleeve which makes managing all the YouTube videos you watch (or intend to) a little easier.
View YouTube Videos LaterVideo History for YouTube works straight out of the box. After you install the Chrome extension, the icon resides in the browser’s address bar and monitors videos on webpages you visit. Any YouTube video on the webpage you land on is automatically added to the extension’s Browsed Videos list.
The extension does not selectively pick up the embedded videos…it lists them all. But you can selectively watch them later and delete the ones you aren’t interested in. A little numeric on the extension’s icon tells you the number of unwatched YouTube videos on the Browsed Videos list.
You watch the video within the extension interface itself instead of on YouTube. Certain age restricted videos will need to be played on YouTube itself. The video list is stored locally on the browser side and can be cleared easily.
Subscribe To Your Favorite YouTube Channels and Get NotificationsVideo History for YouTube is a manager for the channels you subscribe to. Video History for YouTube monitors your account and the channels you follow on YouTube. You can setup the extension with your YouTube username and it will notify you when there is new content in any of your favorite channels. As you can see from the screen below, the Subscriptions page is divided into three sections –
New content that’s uploaded to a channel is collated under New Items. These are the ones which you haven’t watched so far. The watched videos go into the Old Items list. Your own uploads occupies the third section. You can treat the New Items and Old Items as an ‘inbox’ and ‘archive’ respectively. When you are done watching the fresh videos, you can archive them under Old Items. You can go back and watch them later too.
Catch What’s Going ViralA few days ago, I had published a post on 7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now. Video History for YouTube gets its data from YouTube and gives you a dekko at what’s trending on the online video website. You can browse the most popular videos on YouTube over the course of the week, month, and all time. You can click on I am done watching this after you play the video.
Video History for YouTube also allows you to search for YouTube videos from within the extension.
Video History for YouTube is a neat YouTube related Chrome extension. If you have a gargantuan appetite for YouTube videos, then this is the one for you. Beware of a few quirks though. For instance, the Google Suggest aided search didn’t work for me. I typed in my own keywords. I haven’t tried it out on many sites, but the comments suggest that it might not work with some YouTube embeds. Leaving these little quirks aside, Video History for YouTube still sounds like an efficient bookmarking ‘watch-it-later’ service for YouTube.
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Take it for a spin and let us know in the comments if you liked the Chrome extension.