Do you actively upload videos to YouTube?
A common term used on YouTube is Subscribe. To subscribe to a user means to follow their channel for new updates. Whenever they post a new video, they would appear on your YouTube homepage when logged in.
Until now, the only way for others to Subscribe to your channel was to send them a direct link to a confirmation page or have them visit your channel or video page. Today, YouTube announced their new subscribe widget.
It’s similar to the social plugin, Like Box, from Facebook, where logged in users can “follow” another user with just one click.
To get started, simply copy the following code onto your website or blog.
<iframe id="fr" src="http://www.youtube.com/subscribe_widget?p=[add YouTube Username here]" style="overflow: hidden; height: 105px; width: 300px; border: 0;" scrolling="no" frameBorder="0"></iframe>
The only customization options available currently seem to be adjusting the size by editing the dimensions in the iFrame code. Replace [add YouTube Username here] with your own YouTube username.
The Subscribe widget would look like the following:
Based on the success of the Facebook Like Box, this widget should definitely encourage more subscribers due to the ease of use. YouTube will probably introduce more customization options in the near future.
What do you think? Are you planning to embed this widget on your site? Do you think this will cause subscriber numbers to go up faster than before? Share what you think in the comments.