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YouTube removes annoying pop-up recommendations from all videos

By Cal Jeffrey ยท 10 replies
Nov 14, 2017
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  1. YouTube will no longer support those in-video notifications that usually link to other videos, playlists or live streams. As of today, creators will no longer be able to add these spam-like ads to their videos. YouTubers who use these devices (usually for self-promotion) will likely be the only ones disappointed by the change.

    According to YouTube, they are not very effective and users surveyed say the notifications feel like spam. Only about five percent of users even click on the links. So despite how Tubers might feel about it, the removal will have little impact on their viewership.

    YouTube says cards and end-screens are far more effective and will remain. Guidelines still want third-party links listed in the video descriptions or elsewhere on the user's channel.

    "Even worse, for the small percentage of users who do click on the link, they’re often taken to a live stream that no longer exists."

    The change doesn't just apply to future videos on the platform, either. Any current content that has these pop-ups will lose them. The removal of existing recommendations might cause some confusing moments in current videos since many content creators are fond of referring to them as they talk.

    This change is just one of several that YouTube has been implementing over the last several weeks with its various properties.

    Last month, the platform began rolling out its YouTube TV app on smart televisions and Android TV devices. The YouTube for Kids app was updated last week with a bunch of new features but received considerable criticism due to some mature content getting through its filters. The company has also updated the standard version of its app and website to show upcoming concert dates on music videos and provide links for purchasing tickets.

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  2. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,222   +424

    Good.

    Now add a don't ask again option for the "pay for ad free" offer because I'm really annoyed with seeing it on every damn video I view. I've slowed down on my viewing because of it.
     
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  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,957   +1,289

    Thats awesome. Now if they remove any unskippable ads longer than 10 seconds I might disable my ad blocker.
     
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +493

    Meh, not 100% sure what it's referring to
    But let me know when their "black screen" bug is fixed. It's been randomly annoying me this past week lol
     
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 838   +32

    GOOD! Too many times, content creators have had text up on their final few seconds but you can't even read it because there are 4 or 5 links to videos covering the text up.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Why would you consider doing something so ridiculous? Google are only doing it because it doesn't benefit them financially in any way.
     
  7. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Addict Posts: 166   +85

    Good point! Because Google doesn't have enough money!
     
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    Yes, shame. They're really struggling. It must be tough for them. We should all be a bit more charitable towards them.
     
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  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,205   +1,881

    Hey, they finally got one right ..... now if they would just allow you to skip ads immediately ..... oh yeah, I'm a dreamer!
     
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  10. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 715   +336

    99% of the time, I hated them. There is one creator who I found used them well. An electrical engineer who used them to link between lessons. Didn't know what he was talking about at that exact moment? Cool, there was a small link in one of the corners that would take you to a relevant and helpful video (more often than not, not one of his). He avoided mentioning it, or using obnoxious color schemes. It was just there. Click it, or don't. Up to you, and whether you wanted to know more.
     
  11. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Addict Posts: 166   +85

    Yes, maybe a GoFundMe page!
     
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