Most people use one search engine—Google, DuckDuckGo, etc.—to find things online. But sometimes you want to quickly search Amazon, ask a question of Wolfram Alpha, or find a video on YouTube, all without the extra step of going to that site first.
If you’re using Chrome, you can set up search keywords to search specific sites from the address bar. There’s no way to do that by default in Safari, but a free Safari extension called Safari Keyword Search makes it easy to search a number of sites. So typing y kittens in the address bar searches YouTube for kittens or typing wa warp 9 asks Wolfram Alpha how fast Warp 9 is.
Here’s how to set up this power, and how to customize it.
Installing Safari Keyword Search
We’ll be using an open-source extension called Safari Keyword Search to make this happen. Head to the Safari Keyword Search homepage and download the extension. It comes in the form of a .safariextz file.
Open the file and Safari will ask if you want to install it.
Click “Trust,” assuming that you do trust the extension. The source code is on GitHub if you’re interested.
Running a Search Using the Default Keywords
The extension, by default, supports 12 keywords. Put a keyword at the front…
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been analyzing old films of nuclear weapons tests, using more modern equipment to get more accurate data. As they go through the thousands of old films, they’ve found many hadn’t been properly stored for long-term preservation, so they are digitizing the collection. Physicist Greg Spriggs said that about 6500 films have been found, 750 have been declassified, and this week, 63 of them have been uploaded to YouTube.
It used to be so simple. If you liked a video, and wanted to see more videos like it, you’d click the “Subscribe” button. The next time that channel put out a video, you’d see it on the homepage.
But in 2017, there’s probably a few channels you love that you haven’t seen lately, and more than a few channels you hate-watched at some point showing up on your homepage constantly. What gives?
YouTube, in their wisdom, stopped showing users every video from every channel they’re subscribed to, replacing that simplicity with an algorithm designed to get you to watch as much content as possible. So you may or may not see a video from a channel you subscribe to on the homepage, depending on what kind of mood YouTube is in. It’s kind of like Facebook’s cryptic news feed algorithm, but for videos, and it means you might miss great videos from artists you love.
If you hate this, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are still a few ways to actually see your subscriptions.
Option One: Head to the Subscriptions Page
The simplest way to see only your subscriptions is to head to the Subscriptions page. There’s a link to this page on the YouTube homepage, shown above. The subscriptions page has the the latest videos from the channels you’re subscribed to, and nothing else.
I recommend creating a bookmark for youtube.com/feed/subscriptions, so that you’re never exposed to the homepage in the first place, but otherwise clicking “Subscriptions” works fine.
On mobile, there’s a subscriptions button you can press from the main screen of the app.
Sadly, there’s no way to make this screen the default, so you’ll just have to tap the button. A…