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If I find a video on YouTube that I want to send to a friend, but I really only care about something at the two minute mark, can I send him a link that will start at two minutes into the video for him?

Is there a specific URL or setting when sending a link to a YouTube video that jumps directly to a point in the timeline?

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Simply add #t=XmYs to the end of the URL where X is the number of minutes and Y is the number of seconds.

i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxxx#t=2m0s for your example.

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Oooh it works: youtube.com/watch?v=GIMAfwJSfKw#t=46s –  delete Jul 1 '10 at 12:40
@kinopiko - lol :) –  Tal Galili Jul 1 '10 at 13:26

You can now right-click inside the video player to copy the URL with the current timestamp.

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Ooh - that's slick! –  Jeffrey Dec 7 '10 at 20:28

Side note: If you are leaving a comment on the video you can't use the full link (Youtube bans all links in comments), but you can use a simple "mm:ss" format in your comment on Youtube to automatically create a link to that point in the video. I haven't seen this documented anywhere but it comes in handy for quick links. Also it uses Javascript instead of the #t= anchor so you can make multiple time references and click on them really fast to create quick mash-ups or loop the video at a specific point.

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