Changing the time-code parameters on when news becomes news

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[Note: I now (see comments) realize that the feature being reported today is not the two-week old one I thought it was, but a new, very similar feature that allows you to point to an exact timestamp on a YouTube video.]

When I saw on my RSS newsreader this morning that TechMeme was pointing to a story on TechCrunch about YouTube enabling users to change the “time code” parameter on embedded videos*, I thought the feed was messed up. Granted, I’ve started focusing most of my tech-blog watching to the weekends, but I swear that news sounds familiar.

Oh, wait, now I remember: Two weeks ago the feature was reported by the Google Operating System blog and spent several hours on Techmeme. However, I assume that on that day it got lost in all the stories about Web 2.0 companies laying off employees. (Not that RexBlog is where you should be getting your breaking tech news, but even I mentioned (and used) the time-stamp parameter setting feature on a post about Pacman Jones a couple of weeks ago.

Deja vu or not, it’s a nice feature.

By the way, here is a list of several ways you can adjust the parameters when you embed a YouTube video.

*Translation for the non-geekish: In other words, if you’d like to embed a video on your website or blog, but have the clip begin at a specific spot in the video rather than at the beginning, you can simply change a tiny bit of code to that “copy and past” stuff you use to embed it. If you’ve followed me this far, here’s the code you change: “#t=2m15s” [‘m’ and ‘s’ mean seconds and minutes, so just change the numbers to the spot where you want the clip to begin]. Also, a work-around hack has been available for a long time using splicd.com.

  • http://rex.fm Rex Pechler

    I believe this functionality is new to the normal YouTube web interface. What you saw 2 weeks ago was the functionality added to the embed-able player.

  • http://RexBlog.com Rex Hammock

    Thanks, Rex (the younger, brighter one). I now understand the razor-sharp subtle difference in the news items.

  • http://techmeme.com/ Gabe

    Wow…didn’t notice that myself. Yeah, weekdays can be a whirlwind of news. (Especially this weekday: http://www.techmeme.com/081028/h1955 ) A lot of smaller announcements never register. I personally wish more reporting was done on the weekend in the first place ( http://twitter.com/gaberivera/status/965534437 ).