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.
The Google-owned video giant cites a number of reasons for killing off its annotation feature, among them is that it never worked for mobile, and that there’s been a 70% decrease in usage of the feature since video-makers began adopting the (more effective) Cards and End Screens features.
It’s worth noting that any videos that make use of annotations before the May 2 deadline will keep them when viewed on desktop, so now’s the time to make some super-annoying hot content, just for the memories.
'Viewers generally don’t love Annotations'
End Screens are relatively harmless and easy to click out of once a video’s finished – it’s that bit at the end where the host begs for subscribers and points at links to their other videos.
Cards, however, are essentially just a slightly less intrusive version of Annotations. They can be used for the usual video or external links, but can also include things like polls and donations links.
Thankfully, these occupy a standardised 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.