YouTube Finally Does Deep Linking

YouTube announced yesterday that you can finally form URL’s which allow for navigation to specific parts of videos. Also, if you’re writing a comment, you can just specify something in the form: MM:SS and this will be detected and turned into a link to that part of the video.

This is an interesting and I would argue non-intuitive way to specify links in videos. At the same time, it keeps the overall interface simple unless you’re an advanced user that knows the format for creating these links. It’s the expert interface way of doing things rather than the GUI approach. When someone hits, “add comment” why not augment the UI to let the user more visually specify where that anchor should be placed, perhaps even specifying an interval?

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