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This article was published on June 4, 2008

YouTube introduces annotations

YouTube introduces annotations
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

I’ve read some rather interesting news on Gabe Jacobs’ blog. He reports that YouTube has added an annotation feature. Users can now give background IN the video, instead of the ‘more info’ box. Comes in handy when you don’t have the time to edit the whole video in iMovie. It reminds me of the Flickr note-functionality, only this one looks more fancy as it showed against a moving background:

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As Gabe notes, YouTube should add a public note feature as well. On one condition though, that users must switch it on. Otherwise other people can ruin your video by adding Bob Saget-like lines. We can’t have that, as we don’t want to go back to the pre-YouTube area. Now you can just skip the America’s Most Funniest homevideos-like content. Let’s keep it that way.