How to add YouTube Videos to Facebook Landing Page

This post assumes that you’re already familiar with adding Facebook FBML pages, if not take a step back and have a look at Making the Most of your Facebook Fan Pages, which will show you how to add one to your fan page.

To tart up your Landing Page on Facebook you may want to add a video like I did, Introducing My Family, to make it more welcoming to new visitors.  For the most part it’s straight forward.  You’ll need to copy and paste the following code into your FBML page but you will need to replace the xxxxxxxxx with your youtube video id.


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imgsrc=’’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

For example

My youtube URL is

So, I replaced “xxxxxxxxxx” with “b7wSuWwQQps” in both places (without the quotes), resulting in:


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swfsrc=’ b7wSuWwQQps ‘

imgsrc=’ b7wSuWwQQps/2.jpg’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

However, you will notice that the starting image is badly distorted and there’s not much you can do about it unless you are familiar with Photobucket.  If so, upload the photo and then insert the image code.  This is what mine looked like.  I hope you can piece it together.


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imgsrc=’’ width=’340′ height=’270′ /></fb:swf>

Good luck!  If you get stuck please do ask and I’ll try to help.

YouTube Videos for Kids?!?!

I wouldn’t in a million years watch YouTube videos with my daughter before vetting them first; even though I’m tempted at times when I have a spare 5 minutes to kill while waiting for dinner.  Unfortunately, I don’t often have time to sit down and sift through all the inappropriate content.   So tonight, I thought I would go through and make a list and share it with you in hopes that you would share a few of your favourites.

There are ways of making YouTube a bit safer for kids but they aren’t failsafe and I’m not willing to risk it.  You can create a favourites list in YouTube, watch them on full screen to avoid inappropriate comments popping up, put it in safety mode and/or register an account for your child with an accurate age so that YouTube’s filters kick in.

I started making quite a list and then came across the following two sites which were exactly what I was looking for.  Both of these sites pull the majority of their content from YouTube but they have been closely monitored.  Every video that I had found previously could be found on these two sites.  So, my list just got a lot shorter.

I like the looks of Kideos because you can search by age group (e.g 2-3, 3-4).  They have everything from Sesame Street to Disney to Dancing Bears.  Plus, they have an iphone app which I’m off to download now.

ZuiTube follows a similar idea but boasts the largest collection of Kids Videos anywhere and all of their content has been approved by parents and teachers.

Happy Safe Surfing!