YouTube extends users' 'private' video net

YouTube is now allowing users to discreetly share videos with an unlimited number of online friends.

The online video site said on a post on the YouTube blog, that the number of people who can see users' 'private' unlisted videos has had its cap of 25 removed. Users can now share their cinematic creations - or indeed other people's with an unlimited number of fellow YouTubers.

"You'll get a link when you upload the video and then it's up to you to decide whom to share it with," the blog said. Users you share with won't necessarily now have to have a YouTube account to view the offerings.

Whether this is a ruse to avoid copyright claims is unclear. What is likely is that many of the 'private' videos will be somewhat risque in content, commentators (us) have suggested.