Data Source: YouTube

Using this option, you can import comments data from any YouTube video.

Under the YouTube import tab, there are two fields. The first field “Dataset Name” is optional while the second field, “YouTube Video ID,” is required to collect data (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: YouTube import page.

Under the “Dataset Name” field, users may choose to enter a name to identify their dataset (e.g., “Pursuit of Gross National Happiness Silver David Cameron”) enabling them to locate the data set at a later time under the “My Datasets” tab. As with the other import options, the dataset will be automatically added to the rest of your account datasets.

The second field, “YouTube Video ID,” must be completed, as the information entered in this field is used to collect YouTube data. To do this, simply follow the instructions for locating the video ID and then entering the video ID number into the “YouTube Video ID” field in the “YouTube” tab (see Figure 2).


Figure 2: YouTube import screen.

Be aware of videos in a  playlist. To import comments from a video within a playlist you will need to copy part of the URL after the “v=” and before the second “&”, as indicated below:

After users have completed inputting the required information for their data collection, they simply click the “Import” button. If Netlytic was able to successfully gather data for the specified search URL, the screen will show the number of results (see Figure 3).

YouTube_Import SuccessFigure 3: YouTube import success.

If, however, there were no data available for the specified URL, you will see the message: “Error: Something went wrong! System message: Your data source is empty!” (see Figure 4). If this message appears, return to the import screen to ensure that the correct URL was included. If the correct URL was entered and the error message still appears, then there may be no comments for the specified YouTube video.

YouTube_Import FailureFigure 4: YouTube import failure.