I'm working with a YouTube feed and showing a set of videos in date order. Currently, I'm basing that on the updated field - that seemed appropriate at the time. However, I'm now seeing the same videos getting updated again and again, seemingly when no-one has made any changes to them.

Does anyone know what kind of changes affect the updated date in YouTube data feeds?

  • Why not base it on the published field?
    – Gelatin
    Aug 26, 2010 at 16:13
  • @Simon: I'm looking into that alternative now, but I'm still curious :) (also, if the video itself is changed, that would probably be relevant)
    – Bobby Jack
    Aug 26, 2010 at 16:17

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I don't think it's actually possible to change the video itself. I'm pretty sure if you want to modify the video itself in any way, you need to upload a new video. So the 'updated' probably applies to things like description, tags, subtitles, captions, etc.

  • Ah - good point on the changing of a video. That sounds familiar! It's very strange because, in this particular case, no-one's owning up to editing anything related to the video (there are no comments, for a start) so it looks as if it would be wise just to stay away from 'updated' altogether.
    – Bobby Jack
    Aug 27, 2010 at 8:59

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