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Youtube launched a site-specific URL shortening service (youtu.be) about a year ago, but we currently only support full URL. Can we get support added for the shortened ones? They can even be directly converted to long URLs:

URL comparison with highlights

Relevant question which attempted to use short URLs.

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    Also very helpful if you're uploading videos yourself. The link YouTube gives back to use uses the shortened url. – Jeff Mercado Nov 29 '11 at 7:18
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The shortened links will work after the next build.

Keep in mind this doesn't affect exisiting posts, as the replacement is done at he time of the edit as part of the markdown -> HTML cook, only new or edited posts will get the embed love for the shortened link version.

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