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    Question Strange URL youtu.be

    I recently posted a short video on youTube. I was disturbed the the URL was not "YouTube".com but rather "Youtu.be". (I got the YouTube link from my google email app matrix icon.) On another occasion I noticed a similar scramble of "google.com" to (from my failing memory) "goog.le". I know I'm falling behind the times, but are these legit? I "googled" then and sisdidthe results that indicated a problem. Thanks in advance for helping ...
    Last edited by Startboard; 2015-04-23 at 18:02. Reason: typos

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    The URL was made by a "shortener". Lots of sites out there that will do it.

    Here is an example...

    https://goo.gl/
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-04-23 at 18:54.

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    Hi,

    Sometime it’s done with right intention and creativity
    For example the popular social site “Delicious” is in actual del.icio.us where “us” part is the top level domain and “del” is the subdomain.
    The variation that you have for goggle is goo.gl which is completely legit and Google provides a way to shorten the length URL same as bitly.
    Now coming back to youtu.be the “be” part is the country specific (belongs to Belgium) top level domain just like .co, .uk, .us, .in
    And as far as the URL concerned I don’t think Google needs any variation to its already popular YouTube brand and at most they would do is www.youtube.be but never www.yout.be

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    It's actually a real YouTube address format that's been around for some time now: http://youtube-global.blogspot.co.uk...ube-links.html

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    That is Youtube's shortener. I don't get it either but it is legit.

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