Say you’re on Skype with a couple of your chums, and you’d like to point them to a YouTube clip to illustrate an point you’re putting forward. Specifically: that watching a 1970s German football fashion show (the proper version), with shoeless dancing models, all cut to some swinging Latin beat – is a good way to make you feel better on a Monday morning; and you’d like to cut to the chase and not waste their valuable time. A tall order methinks. Well fret no more, for here’s how...
Deep linking on YouTube
Find a video on YouTube of 1970s German football fashion show (the real version) with shoeless dancing models etc., etc... Start the video and then pause it at the point you think your fellow interlocutors need to start watching; in other words, getting straight to the action and missing out all that unnecessary preamble.
Make a note of the time.
Now add the following string to the end of the original URL: #t=XmYs – substituting X for the minutes and Y for the seconds of where their viewing pleasure beings (for times beginning in the first minute, add a zero for X). Piece. Of. Cake. And now a demonstration.
Footnote: a replay of the video starts the clip from the beginning. Sheisse! A booking to the hacker from Hamburg.