Lots of readers are pasting the URLs of videos into the comments, which embeds the entire video. While that’s occasionally okay, it eats up space available for this website, and there’s a limit to that. I’d like to suggest, then, that if you want to refer readers to a video, you use a URL shortener, which will get readers to a video without embedding it in a comment.
Here’s how it works, courtesy of reader Ben goren.
First, get the URL of the YouTube video.
Then go to a URL shortener program; a good one is here.
Follow the directions, which simply involve pasting the URL into a box and then entering some letters in another box to show you’re a human.
Example: here’s a YouTube debate between Sam Harris and Reza Aslan. The URL, which will embed the video, is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKjcvZoxT9Q
The URL shortener converts that to: http://goo.gl/1TzRr
That won’t embed a video in the comments, but it gives you (unlike other methods) a click-able link that takes you straight to the video.