A Question of Usage

“Youtube it!”

I overheard this imperative the other day. We all know you can google, fedex, and xerox, but does youtube merit a verb form?

I’m leaning towards no. The trouble is, one can search for videos on youtube as well as post them. So, does “youtube it” mean “look for that video on youtube” or “post that video on youtube”?

It could be argued that context would be the deciding factor between the two meanings,
but take for example the following conversation:

“Where did you get this video?”
“I youtubed it.”
“Oh, you posted it to youtube?”
“No, I found it on youtube.”
“I say. This would be easier if ‘youtube’ were not a verb.”
“Quite right, sir; quite right.”

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