Friday, 20 February 2009

Introducing Collaborative Annotations

When we launched annotations last June, we had a hunch you'd find creative ways to use them and, sure enough, you put them vigorously to work, pushing the limits of information sharing, interactive games and storytelling.



Today, we are excited to bring a new twist to annotations: the ability to collaborate on them with other YouTube users. Now you can invite anyone you like to create speech bubbles, notes and spotlights on your videos.



Enabling Collaborative Annotations is easy. First, go to your annotations editor (which you can find in My Videos or by going directly to your video's watch page) and retrieve the special annotations link. Then send it out to your friends. Once they click on the link, they will be free to add annotations to your video. If you don't like the results, you can always delete their annotations, and you can also disable access to the annotations URL so that no more can be added. Naturally, you can edit or delete anything you write on someone else's video.



So please give it a whirl -- you can start by participating in the first collaborative sitcom, "Kevin N' George Must Die," created by students of the Nissan acting studio -- and let us know what you think. We can't wait to see how you take online collaboration to a whole new level.



Best,

Ryan Junee

Product Manager

The YouTube Team




P.S. Even though we think annotations are really cool and give you yet another reason to start interacting even more deeply with videos on the site, we realise some of you are "old school" and prefer to see just the video and nothing more. For this reason we've added a setting that enables you to permanently disable annotations. Check out this Help Centre article for more information.

12 comments:

magpienoadoo said...

What idiot in YouTube invented annotations? Read the community posts - GET RID OF THEM!

I know of at least a dozen folk who are closing their YouTube accounts, there are far better hosts on the market - hosts that don't introduce unwanted and brainless add-ons like annotations.

magpienoadoo said...

Just tell me how to turn the damn things off - unchecking them on my main account does not work on my last video - won't even let me post to my blog, keeps saying that annotations are enabled.. I'm really sick of it.
So - how do I make sure they don't appear on my videos, or the darn annotations editor?

tabbyaboutroots said...

YouTube is becoming more and more like Smiley Video (Nico Nico Douga).

supersmithnetwork said...

Oh for crying out loud magpienoadoo. There's a button on the bottom-right of the video player. Click on it and then you should see a couple of buttons. The top one is the option to turn on and off annotations. Prob sorted!!

AlaskaCruiseTips said...

Is there any way we will know that an annotation has been added to one of our video's. I am relaxed about opening this feature to all viewers of my videos provided, as you say, that I can delete the comments but how do I know which video's have been annotated by others?

wordupgun said...

how do I get rid of the annoying annotations feature on all my videos in my youtube account? I don't want this feature available to anyone viewing my videos I want my videos clean and uncluttered...

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