Q. What is OneMinuteU?
A. OneMinuteU is an online educational community that's going to help people around the world come together and LEARN FAST. Our how-to and educational videos are contributed by community members. None of them are longer than 60 seconds, guaranteeing that you can learn only what you need to know and nothing that you don't - in just a moment's time. Our "Near Me" search feature will allow members to meet up with instructors in their local geographic area to continue their education.
Q. Does OneMinuteU cost money?
A. Our site is free of charge to all enthusiasts - both viewers and contributors. That means you don't pay to watch videos, you don't pay to upload videos and you don't pay to become a community member.
Q. What can I learn in a minute?
A. It turns out you can learn pretty much ANYTHING in a minute - or at least in minute segments. We started this site because any time we wanted to learn something online, we ended up wasting all sorts of time sitting through long videos or reading boring text. And that's if you could even find what you were looking for in the first place. Think about it this way: just because you need to know how to grip your golf club properly doesn't mean you need instruction on the entire swing. At OneMinuteU, learn about the grip. That's it. And if you want to know more, all related videos are listed near the video player for your convenience.
Q. As a member of the Press, how do I get in touch with OneMinuteU?
A. Thanks for your interest! Get in touch with our Director, Oliver Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do I join OneMinuteU?
A. There's just a short form for you to fill out. It's quick, easy and free. Click here to join!
Uploading a Video
Q. Do I have to be a member to upload a video to OneMinuteU?
A. Absolutely. But remember: becoming a member is free and easy - click here to become one!
Q. What are the acceptable video formats?
A. We accept most common video formats from digital cameras, camcorders and cell phones in the .WMV, .AVI, .MOV and .MPG file formats. 320x240 is the preferred format size, with a maximum file size of 100MB. OneMinuteU is building its site to offer the most up-to-date video encoding technology. We strongly suggest that contributors use a HD format whenever possible to ensure the best possible image to viewers.
Q. Does my video really have to be no longer than one minute?
A. Short and sweet is the idea. No fluff, just facts. Videos longer than 60 seconds will not post to our site, plain and simple. That means, for example, 75, 68 and even 61 second videos will not be accepted.
Q. How do I upload?
A. Once you are a member of OneMinuteU, uploading a video is an easy, step-by-step process. Just click the UPLOAD button and follow the instructions. Be ready to provide the Title of Video, choose the Subject under which your video falls, create Tags (keywords that will help viewers find your video) and write a Description that tells viewers what they'll learn in your video. Then, you'll simply browse your files, choose the video and start the upload.
Q. How long does the upload take?
A. It should take a few minutes but really depends on the size of your file and your connection speed. A progress bar will keep you apprised of the upload advancement.
Q. When will my video be seen on the site?
A. OneMinuteU will review your video for content - just to make sure it is tasteful and free of explicit content. After it's cleared our review, it's posted immediately. The whole process should take no more than 24 hours.
Watching a Video
Q. What's the deal with the rating system?
A. A video's rating is the average score, determined by OneMinuteU members. It will help you decide whether or not a video is worth watching without wasting your time. If you are a member, you can add your rating by clicking on the amount of stars you feel appropriate.
Q. How do I leave a comment?
A. Simply fill in the comment field beneath the video and click "Post a Comment." This option is available exclusively for members.
Q. The video I'm watching contains objectionable content. What do I do?
A. Let us know! If you are watching a video that contains objectionable content - hate speech, threats, sexually explicit content or copyrighted material - don't let it slide! Click on the "Flag" button directly below the video. We do everything we can to keep this website free of objectionable content, but we need help from the community too.
Q. This video won't work and I keep ending up at your home page. What's wrong?
A. We're working on it! You've discovered a bug, which has been automatically reported to our web staff. The problem will be corrected as soon as possible.
Q. I want to share a video with a friend. How do I do that?
A. Easy enough. There is a button next to the video player that says "Share." Just click it, and type in your friends email.
Q. What do the "Here to" check boxes mean?
A. "Here to" gives you two options: "Teach" or "Learn." You can choose either or both. It remarks on your public profile, making it easier for other community members to know if your primary objective on OneMinuteU is to share information or absorb it!
Q. How about "I am available for..." boxes?
A. Part of OneMinuteU is connecting people who want to learn with those who can teach them. Many of our video contributors offer extra classes and services. When filling out your profile, this allows you to tell the world how else you can help them.
Q. What am I supposed to write in the "Tell others more about me" section?
A. Whatever you want to! This is a great place to express your interests, expertise and anything else you want to tell the world.
Interacting with Other OneMinuteU Members
Q. I want to check out another member's website. Where can I find that?
A. If a user has uploaded videos to OneMinuteU, a link to his or her website will appear below the video player. Additionally - and for users who have not uploaded videos - and link to his or her website may appear on the View Profile page.
Q. What does "Here to Teach/Learn" mean?
A. If you're viewing a member's profile and it says "Here to Teach" it means that person has uploaded videos or plans on doing so. If it says "Here to Learn" then that person is here to watch videos. If it says "Here to Teach, Learn" then they are OneMinuteU members so they can do both!
Requesting a Topic
Q. What is the Request a Topic button for?
A. OneMinuteU is a growing site... it's possible that we don't have what you are looking for. If that's the case, make sure to tell us! Click the Request a Topic button and fill out the short form. It will send an email to the OneMinuteU staff, who will follow up by searching for the right instructors. You must be a member to make requests.
Q. How will I know when a video is posted in response to my request?
A. If you leave a request, we'll send a message to your inbox and let you know when a video related to your request has been posted.