What's with the special 'Share this video' link on YouTube?
September 25, 2013 6:50 PM Subscribe
Why does each YouTube video have a special 'Share this video' link, at the http://youtu.be/ domain? Is there a meaningful difference between using the link provided and just copying the URL from the address bar?
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
For example, the URL (in the address bar) for CSNY's 'Teach Your Children' is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx4AATLY7L8. The 'Share this video' link is http://youtu.be/wx4AATLY7L8.
It's not substantially shorter, so that can't be the reason.
I thought perhaps there was metadata embedded in the 'Share' link, but the unique video identifier is identical in both cases.
I find the 'Share' link to be useful when I want to link to a particular point within a video.
But why the different URL at a different domain?