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YouTube is retiring annotation feature from 15th Jan 2019

29 November 2018 3

World’s biggest video streaming website YouTube continues to improve the platform with the rollout of new features consistently and also with the scraping of older and not so popular features. YouTube recently introduce picture-in-picture feature that was quite well taken on the desktop version of the platform.

Other features like ‘End Screen’ and more were introduced about two years back which still continues to be used widely by the creator though there are some features like YouTube annotations that are no longer used much by the creators (considering that they have better alternatives) that work on mobile devices as well.

YouTube annotations firstly didn’t work on mobile devices and thus left a huge amount of audience not being able to interact with them. Secondly, they don’t really look good popping all around and were often abused by the creators as well. Considering all these issues and the declining popularity of the feature on the platform, YouTube has considered calling it quits on the feature and would be retiring it on 15th January 2019 for the good. The company says, “all existing annotations will be removed,”

YouTube shared that after the launch of cards and End Screens, annotation usage dropped by 70 percent. Will you miss annotations? Let us know in the comment section below.



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