Facebook recently fixed a bug that was allowing friends to see the name, thumbnail, description and people tagged in a video even if it was marked private.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed via email:
Yesterday, we were alerted of a bug that allowed people to view thumbnails and descriptions of videos they normally would not be able to see. If someone clicked on one of those videos, they would encounter an error message. The videos themselves were never exposed. The bug has since been fixed.
The error message had read, “This video either has been removed from Facebook or is not visible due to privacy settings.” But the revealing of the thumbnail and description is still a cause for concern.
When they’re working (and they usually are), Facebook’s privacy settings can protect your video shares. Here are some good tips to make your sharing worthwhile.
Send A Video Message
Instead of boring, old text, you can send a video message. When creating a new message, click the video icon at the bottom left of the window and use a webcam to record your video. You can message up to 20 friends at once.
Upload Via Email
If you can’t upload directly to Facebook, there is a way to upload photos or videos to your profile via email. Go to your video settings to get a designated email address where you can send your photo and video attachments. The email subject will be used as the caption. If there is no photo or video, the email subject will be used as your updated status. Photos and videos uploaded via email are visible to everyone by default but you can change that in your privacy settings.
Optimize The Quality
Make your footage more bandwidth friendly and everyone will be able to see it more readily. To avoid a long encoding process, optimize the quality of your video. The best video format to upload is H.264 video with AAC audio in MOV or MP4 format. H.264 offers the best video compression available for Facebook’s file-size limitations. To avoid rescaling, the larger edge shouldn’t exceed 1280px. If it is less than that, keep the dimensions to multiples of 16px for best compression. The frame rate of the video should be at or below 30fps. Use stereo audio with a sample rate of 44,100hz.
Make It Private
You don’t have to share a video with everyone on Facebook, and it’s much cooler if you don’t. Limit your video share to friends, friends of friends, other specific people or just yourself. You can also share by network and hide it from certain people. Don’t forget to tag others that appeared in the video and provide a title and description.
Groups are much more interactive these days. No longer a medium for just posts and events, you can share any link, photo, video or question within the group. You can even create a document or chat online with the entire group.
Readers, what other tips do you have for sharing videos?