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YouTube Latest to Launch URL Shortening Service

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Last week, Google launched its own URL shortening service, Facebook began testing its own and bit.ly began offering private label URL shortening services to large publishers.

Now, Google-owned YouTube is getting in the URL shortening game. When you see links to YouTu.be - you'll know they're YouTube videos - and only YouTube videos.

You can access YouTube's new URL shortening service via AutoShare or you can do it manually. Here's how:

  1. Take your URL, for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4dgb8lxkRs
  2. and replace the "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v"
  3. with "http://youtu.be/"
  4. You'll have http://youtu.be/r4dgb8lxkRs

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