Can Reply but Not Comment on YouTube

Most of the fixes I have found for this tell you to change your settings to allow third party cookies in your web browser. Whether or not that works, I’m not willing to enable this. Why should I let more advertisers keep track of what I do online? No thanks!

Last time I could not comment on YouTube I found a fix for it. But, that was about a year ago and there is a new glitch now. (See below).

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Everything seems fine until I click the screen inside the comment box… For a moment the comment window shows text saying “Opening…” when that is gone so is my ability to comment. My Google+ avatar disappears. The comment post button ghosts (greys) out. I can type in a comment but I can not save or publish it.

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I am logged in to both YouTube and Google. So far I can only comment as a reply to an existing comment. I can not create a comment myself.

  • I have cleared my cache.
  • I have logged out and logged in again.
  • I went in and deleted all my cookies.
  • I changed YouTube settings in my Google+ account, etc.
  • I allowed YouTube to set cookies by changing my AdBlock/ AdKiller filters.

But… I still can not create a comment.

Luckily… my old fix, from last year, fixed the problem again. 

The fix is easy. Click the link above for the explanation.

 

Bloated Self Importance on Video

Each time I see someone with a video post I think of all the people who can’t or won’t be watching it.

Video posts are for people with money to burn. In the US the Internet is cheaper. In places like Canada, Europe and the rest of the world, the story is different. I pay almost $100 per month for the Internet, that’s before adding in the cost of my landline phone. I used to have cable TV but paying $180 a month for all three services was too much. Plus, the prices were going up another $5 for Internet and TV the next month.

A very big part of the cost for the Internet is bandwidth. How much you use, not in time but in load. How bloated are the files you are loading onto your computer from the Internet? Have you thought about it?

Uploading is about the files you put from your computer onto the Internet.

Downloading are the files you bring from the Internet onto your computer. Downloading used to be about software you get from the Internet, mostly. Now it is about looking at websites, software, advertising and everything else you view while you are online.

Did you know you pay to watch ads online?

Each ad you see is costing you bandwidth.

A plain text ad costs you almost nothing, not enough that you could even notice it. An ad with an image costs a bit more, especially if the image moves or lights up or does anything other than just be an ordinary image. A larger image costs more, of course. But, ads at this point cost so little bandwidth you would not notice them unless you visit a lot of sites with a lot of ads all the time.

When you get up the food chain to ads which use scripts and then video… you’re paying enough to notice the bandwidth each month.

I use add-ons to turn some of the bandwidth sucking advertising off. It is not 100% but it helps. It helps keep my Internet bill from being even higher each month.

I have to pay for bandwidth each month. I used to have the light Internet account, paying about $50 each month. That was enough to pay. Over 12 months I’d be paying $600, plus tax (which is also higher in most of Canada than the US). What could you do with an extra $600 in your pocket each year?

Anyway, to help make the Internet affordable again I had the cable TV turned off and I began doing what I can to shut down all video posts and ads. Using the web browser add-on will only go so far. The other thing I have done is to not watch video posts.

Seems a simple thing to just choose to not watch video. But, it’s not.

Video posts come up all the time.

When I want to find a tutorial for using a WordPress theme or plugin… it’s in a video post. Annoying when this happens, especially when I have paid for the theme or plugin and now have to pay to use it (or at least to understand how to use it).

Network sites I write for want video added to the posts I write. This means going to YouTube to find second hand content which I have to watch in order to make sure it is relevant and will add some information or resources to my own original post for the site. This annoys me because I have just written original content and now I have to link to someone else, giving them my bandwidth, my time and space in the post I worked on. Aggravating all the way around and this is where most of my extra expense comes from each month on my Internet bill.

Even with protection from browser add-ons I still get caught with video advertisements. There are still more of them out there which have found a way to get around the blocks I have set up.

I think people who post videos (without giving a text alternative) are arrogant or just thoughtless.

It is thoughtless and careless to assume everyone else around the world is just like you. It is arrogant to post videos just to make yourself seem important.

The one time I think a video post is a good and sensible thing is for a tutorial – where it will help people to see what is being done and how it is done. Any other video posts are just people showing the world how important they are. It should be more important to make sure you are communicating with your audience, in a way which suits them best, rather than catering to your own self importance.

Help to Comment in YouTube Even if you Already have a Google Account

CaptureFor months, maybe even a year or so, I have not been able to leave a comment on YouTube. I didn’t worry about it, I seldom use YouTube anyway. But, tonight I decided to find out about it.

The first thing I read was about needing to have a Google account in order to use YouTube now. Not a problem. I have had a Google account for years! So, why am I still unable to comment?

Each time I click the comment window a pop up tries to open but closes before I can read anything, even just the URL. So, that is not helpful at all.

I continued my search for help. Someone wrote that the fix was to enable (allow) third party ads on your web browser. I refuse to be stuck with more spam. My email is spamlogged to the point of being unusable and I do not in any way appreciate the ads I am forced to pay for online. (Think about it – you pay your ISP for bandwidth. Ads use a lot of bandwidth in order to open their bloated files. Thus, you are paying to watch those ads. Nice of you, isn’t it?).

So, more seeking for a better solution. I knew I could choose to allow some sites to spring ads on me. I had to do it with Scoop.it so the bookmarklet would work. Now, I went in and set up YouTube the same way. I thought that would be enough. It was not. I had to allow YouTube, Google and Google Plus to give me spam in order to comment on YouTube.

Gee… thanks Google. That mobile phone thing isn’t enough frustration? See if I buy a damned thing from any of your enforced spam. Anyway, see below for the fix to do it yourself. I don’t know where you find the settings in Firefox. But, likely in something about privacy and cookies and blocking content.

I really do like the Chrome browser, Gmail and other features with Google. But, stuff like this makes me wonder if I should be limiting my use of Google. At some point I could really wish I didn’t have all my eggs in Google’s basket.

* make sure “Block third-party cookies” is checked
* go into exceptions and allow these three (without quotes) “[*.]youtube.com”, “[*.]google.com”, “[*.]plus.google.com”

Out Here on My Own

Sung by Irene Cara for the movie, Fame. This song pops into my head different times when I’m not really thinking about anything.

Sometimes I wonder
Where I’ve been
Who I am, do I fit in?
Make-believing is hard alone
Out here, on my own

We’re always proving
Who we are
Always reaching
For that rising star
To guide me far
And shine me home
Out here on my own

When I’m down and feeling blue
I close my eyes so I can be with you
Oh, baby, be strong for me
Baby, belong to me
Help me through
Help me need you

Until the morning sun appears
Making light of all my fears
I dry the tears I’ve never shown
out here on my own

But when I’m down and feeling blue
I close my eyes so I can be with you
Oh, baby, be strong for me
Baby, belong to me
Help me through
Help me need you

Sometimes I wonder
Where I’ve been
Who I am, do I fit in?
I may not win
But I can’t be thrown
Out here on my own
On my own

See it on YouTube.

Write to Bird Chatter

Put the sound of bird chatter in your mind. If you haven’t heard them in awhile find an audio file online, there’s bound to be at least one on YouTube. Now write. What does the sound of the birds bring to your mind? I think it would be really interesting to know what each person writes with the sound of birds chattering in the background.

Keeping Up With Events Online

What do you need for an online event? A lot!

BlogWorld New Media Expo 2009 has a post about what you can do to follow and (sort of) participate in the event if you can’t make it to Las Vegas this October. Five things on the list, do you have access to them all? Would you be able to use them yourself to keep track of an event or to promote and report on your own event as it happens?

1.Twitter – Tweeting has become as popular as Facebook but it’s much simpler and cleaner. I think of it as Facebook stripped down to the bare bones as just a simple way to communicate with others.

2. Blogs – No link here as blogs are everywhere, there is no one blog I would link to. But if something is going on you can be sure you will find it reported in blogs all over the world and in all kinds of topics/ niches. You can even try to get bloggers to link to your event and make a report about what they find if they are attending themselves.

3. PodcastsPodcasts are like the old ham radio, but online. You need to find software or something online that works for you, but you can have a live report, a play-by-play on everything as it happens. Look for podcasters to report the event before, during and after even if you make your own podcast. The more voices the merrier. Have a look at BlogTalkRadio.

4. Flickr – Podcasts are the sound but Flickr has the visual, with commentary on the photos or video feeds. Not everyone is keen on video posts to Flickr so you might consider that as you work out how you will post. Others will post their photos too.

5. YouTube – Famous for home made movies. In the end, it’s a combination of the podcasts and Flickr posts, the sound and the fury.

Do you know how to use the sites and software above? If not you should find out, even if you aren’t creating or hosting an event. It’s important to keep up with the popular media.