Saturday, July 15, 2017

Finally YouTube Adds Thumbnail Previews for Videos

   
    Google has finally added thumbnail previews for YouTube videos on desktop. It's a much anticipated feature and now a timely update to make YouTube more interesting and addictive.

HOW IT WORKS

When you visit YouTube on desktop or lapto, you can now "mouseover" any video thumbnail on the website and get a 3 second preview of the video contents. The purpose of this is to let you know the content of the video even without clicking on it. For now, it works on Chrome and Opera only and is not available yet on mobile devices.

Before now, the lack of thumbnail previews made it difficult to know the content of the video without clicking it, even though this technology has been available on some video sites for years now.

DISADVANTAGES OF THIS FEATURE

This has been taken advantage of by content creators by using "clickbait" images for the thumbnails to entice viewers into clicking on their videos by having an exaggerated or even unrelated image in the thumbnail. This can be spotted on some Facebook videos with deceiving thumbnails that leads to unrelated sites when clicked upon. With previews that now pull frames from random points in the video, users can see roughly what they are getting into before clicking.

Unfortunately, this probably won't stop the clickbaiters for long. As the last line in YouTube's support post says, "Currently, creators are not able to select the preview that is shown." The "currently" part states that YouTube might allow content creators to set their own previews for thumbnails later on.
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15 comments:

  1. Nice feature but i hardly use YouTube.

    VIDMATE all the way

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    1. Dahz ma best app to download both YouTube en fb videos

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    2. YOU can say that again my brother. Back then i used tubemate in downloading but at times the video won't play smoothly.

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  2. Thanks for Your informative update

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  3. Always wondered why YouTube didn't have the preview feature before now, they had better fast track to mobile as majority of users are on mobile.

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  4. thanks for the informative update

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  5. OGyoutube goes best for me,thanks for the update

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  6. Now that the competition is getting tough with Facebook videos, they really need 2 upgrade their game!
    Glad youtube finally added this feature...
    Thanks for the update wizy

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      There is setting you have missed while setting up the vpn

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  8. Nice feature there..
    Thanks for d update..

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  9. Is there anyway that this feature could be introduced to Vidmate cos i love using it than using YouTube

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  10. Is there anyway that this feature could be introduced to Vidmate cos i love using it than using YouTube

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