I posted this little bit of info over a year-and-a-half ago on BusinessCasualBlog about linking to a specific point in YouTube videos. Surprisingly, even after more than a year-and-a-half, it's still one of the most popular searches on that site. So, considering that that's probably a clue of a bit of demand for that info, I figured it's worth sharing with you, as well. Certainly it's relevant to the kind of topics you and I discuss here.
The URL Format You Want To Use
The picture above is the syntax (format) you want to add to the tail-end of a YouTube URL if you want to send someone to a specific timecode in a YouTube video. The explanation of variables goes like this:
- #t (This defines the line between the "regular" YouTube URL and the timecode you want to define as the landing point.)
- h (This signifies hours.)
- m (Signifies minutes.)
- s (Signifies seconds.)
As a practical example, let's say that I wanted to direct you to the exact spot where my friend Scott Schang mentions the book Cluetrain Manifesto in the video of a panel discussion we participated in recently. Well, I could tell you to click the link below and then scrub to the point at about 5 minutes and 35 seconds (5m:35s) into the video:
Or, I could just as well say, click the link below:
Notice the difference in URLs? The second has the added syntax.
Go ahead, give it a try.
Do you have a similarly helpful tip? Please share it in the comments below.
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