Intrepid hacker Harper Reed, who works for Threadless company skinnyCorp by day (and whom I had the pleasure of going to college with), has released a cool YouTube badge maker
. It's a simple web-based tool that will generate a badge for your web site, blog, or MySpace page that shows thumbnails for your six most recent YouTube videos. Since the badge it generates is just a PNG image rather than, say, a Flash or Ajax widget, you can use it just about anywhere. All you do is enter your YouTube username and paste the generated HTML snippet into your web site and you're ready to go. Reed has some other useful tools and toys at flashandburn.net
, including a similarly handy Flickr badge generator.