YouTube videos can be posted as links or as embedded media contents on websites. It depends largely on the technology powering the website if it is possible to embed videos directly. If you look at sites like Facebook or Google Plus for instance, you will notice that they convert YouTube links directly to embedded videos. That's however not always the case on forums or other large sites such as Twitter.
Probably the biggest issue with linked YouTube videos is the fact that users do not see any information about the video. They see a cryptic url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co8IaSS0Z08 and do not know if it is worth watching the video or if it is another rickroll video.
The free userscript YouTube Link Title has two core features. It looks up YouTube video urls automatically and replaces the original link text (which is the video url) with the video title. See the following two screenshots for a demonstration (first the standard display on Twitter, then the YouTube links with YouTube Link Title installed)
While that does not make it impossible to get rick rolled it certainly aids users in determining whether the video sounds interesting enough to click through or not.
The second feature puts an end to pranks and rill rolls though. You can hover your mouse over YouTube links to see a still of the YouTube video. Even better, a left-click on that video link loads the full video right on the third party web page so that it can be played right away without having to visit the YouTube video portal to do so.
YouTube Link Title is a handy userscript for Internet users who encounter direct links to YouTube videos regularly. NoScript users need to enable scripts for the root domain to make the extension work on sites.
I have tested the userscript both in Firefox and Google Chrome, and it worked identical in both. Firefox users need to install Scriptish or Greasemonkey to install the script, Chrome users can install it right away.
The script runs on all websites by default. If you do not like that, you can modify the script source to only include domains such as twitter.com where you want the script to run on.
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