Remember when each YouTube video was patched with several obnoxious annotations that superimpose parts of the screen and asks you to click? Well, that time is finally going to its inevitable close. The video platform ended its annotation editor on May 2, 2017 and will stop showing any existing comments on January 15, 2019.
This is not much of a loss – comments were never good – but it marks the disappearance of a remarkable part of YouTube's history. Notes went live in 2008 and were instantly used by YouTube entertainers to sell merch and recommend new videos. Although this may have been helpful from a business point of view to the individual YouTube, the notes gave up to frustrating visual disturbances for viewers and were not made with the mobile mobile future in mind.
By 2016, YouTube launched end screens as a new interface for linking to videos and websites at the end of a video without using clear solutions that included comments. The site also added maps, a previous, less obtrusive pop-up option for mid-video text.
After the advent of these two features, Google noted that the use of annotations had decreased by over 70 percent by 2017, which led to the ending of the annotation editor as spring. Now we have the exact elapsed date for older annotations so you can watch your favorite school with annotation-laden video now for a flashback for a simpler but more messy time – or just let them die in peace.