Earlier this year YouTube dropped their annotations entirely. This allowed creators to add or correct information, insert links to other things, and I used them to do things like credit cosplayers who pointed themselves out in convention walk around videos. While they had their faults, most of them came from misuse at the hands of people who just wanted to make things pop up on-screen for whatever reason.
You may be wondering why a website devoted to storytelling is discussing a technical feature that was obsolete and didn’t work on apps anyway. Well, they were used for storytelling at times as well, and used correctly enhanced the media you were watching. I’ve been sitting on this video from Quinton Reviews a bit too long so today just feels like the day to break it out. In the video he goes over the history of YouTube’s annotation system, why is was done away with, and the way it was used to enhance the story or lead people to new stuff.
I need to go through some of my old videos and replace the links with the new end card system. That might be one way to bring back the link games and choose your own adventure style videos, but there’s no way to update information or credit cosplayers right now and that’s a big loss. Catch more Quinton on his YouTube channel, minus annotations.