Google kills off the second most annoying thing on YouTube

Marco Green
March 17, 2017

The change takes effect on May 2nd, and existing annotations will continue to show up when using the desktop browser version of YouTube. Creators can still use other tools for annotating their videos however, the Annotations editor won't be one of them.

Effective starting May 2, you'll no longer be able to add new or edit existing annotations, only delete them.

Thankfully, these occupy a standardized amount of space, hovering over the side of the video for mobile users or appearing underneath desktop videos, which has to be at least somewhat of a relief from obnoxious full-video annotations.

The tool was introduced nearly a decade ago in 2008. Also, according to feedback from creators, annotations are hard to create, while the setup process for End Screens can be up to 10 times quicker. You told us you wanted Cards to link to videos within a playlist, so we made it happen.

Salem stated that End Screens and Cards are much better for reaching fans and retaining their interest, as they offer the ability to add polls, recommendations, and links to merchandise.

As of May 2, you won't have to close any more of those frustrating text boxes that block your view of the latest video with the company announcing in a that it will be removing the Annotations Editor entirely. And more and more viewers turn off annotations altogether. Salem stated in the blog post that the social giant has already listened to feedback from users to make it easier to import End Screens across videos and include smart elements, adding that it is now up to ten times faster to get them up and running compared to adding annotations.

Keeping all these factors in mind, Google opted for shutting the feature down once and for all.

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