Internet Social Media

2 Useful Tricks to Know When Sharing YouTube Videos

Akshata Shanbhag 06-01-2016

YouTube videos can do everything from cheering you up to teaching you how to pronounce confusing brand names. What’s important is that as long as you mind the gray areas concerning copyright, you’re free to use those videos elsewhere in the digital space. Here are a couple of ways in which to do that:

1. Share video clippings as GIFs: You can turn any portion of a YouTube video into a GIF just by turning the URL’s “” into “”, which takes you to a third-party service that lets you specify the starting point, the length of the resulting GIF, and a caption.

Once you have specified these parameters, hit the Create GIF button to get the converted GIF.


2. Embed videos: Found something funny or otherwise interesting in a YouTube video? Share the video on your website or blog by clicking on the Share link below the video and copying the code given under the Embed tab.

You can even share a specific portion of the clipping with this extra bit of code in the URL: ?start=ss&end=ss where “ss” represents custom start and stop times in seconds.

For example, let’s say that you want to embed this sample video on your website, starting at 5 seconds and going up to 40 seconds. Here’s what you’ll need to add to the original embed code:


How do you take YouTube videos beyond YouTube? Share your favorite tricks with us in the comments.

Image Credit: hand touch youtube by phoenixman via Shutterstock

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Susan
    October 8, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I have blank white circles in messenger this morning. Wondering what the he'll they are

  2. jabeve
    September 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Can Messenger be bypassed and just use Facebook?

  3. Roach
    August 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    What is the blue circle with tilde symbol or sideways lightning bolt?

  4. Hollie
    July 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Why is there a blue share/forward symbol to the left of some of my messages I send in my facebook messenger when I did not share or forward the message. It does not go away, it's not on all of my messages nor with every person. When I tap on it, it takes me to forwarding the message why and how do I get rid of it

  5. Old makeuseof reader
    January 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    MUO must be paying good, otherwise author wouldn't have thought of posting such a small piece as a article. Some effort amd you could put it even in a tweet.