Tuesday, March 19, 2013

YouTube Removes Embed option?

I don't know if this is an official change, or if I just had the "luck" to be selected to one of those small-scale tests Google sometimes pushes to see how people react. That fact is, for someone that keeps a blog and does a lot of YouTube video embedding, I was surprised (and not very pleased) to see that YouTube removed the option to embed the video directly from the video itself.

Don't panic - you can still embed YouTube videos wherever you want; you just need to take an extra step and click the more button, be redirected to the YouTube video page, and from there you can finally embed the video as usual.

I find it odd that YouTube would remove such a feature, particularly considering most other video sites allow us to embed the video from the video itself - just like YouTube did. One can imagine that Google thinks the embed option isn't widely used enough to deserve being always accessible... or maybe they just want to drive up the extra traffic to YouTube. Your guess is as good as mine.

Have you noticed the same thing in your YouTube videos, or does it still show the embed option?

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