For some reason I'm having trouble coming up with the verb for distributing a video via YouTube or similar internet video site. By analogy with TV my instinct is to use the word "broadcast" or "telecast" but those don't seem accurate. For example:

This event is being recorded for later _____ on YouTube.

Is there some standard word for this? Maybe "distributed" or "publicly disseminated"?

I'd like to emphasize the sent-out-from-YouTube-publicly aspect (more than the uploaded-to-YouTube part). We should clearly indicate that it's a public video, not a private one, for example.

  • The website user interface has the menu structure Create > Upload video (accessed from a camera icon). That suggests the verb used by YouTube itself is upload. If you want a different word, you'll have to be clearer on the criteria for choosing it. Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 14:10
  • @JasonBassford But you can upload a video and keep it private.
    – Laurel
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 14:24
  • @Laurel Apparently so.. Once it's uploaded, it simply exists. Other people can view it or not based on its privacy settings. It doesn't appear as if YouTube uses any specific terminology other than upload. So, any other word chosen would be a generalization—or what other people, aside from YouTube, refer to it as. Using their terminology, I suppose you could say public upload. Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 14:28
  • YouTube doesn't "send out" videos in the sense that one might send out mail, it responds to user requests to view videos. It does send out notifications to people who have subscribed to individual channels.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 20:01
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    It is very common to use the verb post on YouTube, as in "recorded for later posting on YouTube". Something can be uploaded without being visible to the public, whereas posting suggests that something that has been uploaded is visible. Commented Jul 8, 2020 at 9:29

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The word I would choose is publish:

Publish a video on your YouTube Channel

You can also use the verb post.

(Either way, you would have to reword your sentence a little.)

  • I see they also use "Sharing" once in the subtitle on that linked page. Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 14:54
  • "Publishing" would fit the OP's sentence without rewording.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Jul 7, 2020 at 19:58

Youtubing is what I have informally heard it called.

Both Collins and Lexico note it as a verb in current use.

So your example sentence would be

This event is being recorded for later Youtubing.


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