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YouTube to Discontinue Annotations and Video Credits in Early 2019

With the rise in adoption of cards and end screens, YouTube had discontinued annotations editor back in May of 2017.

Since then, users have no ability to create new or edit existing annotations. But existing annotations can be deleted even today.

Viewers can still see existing annotations on a desktop.

Now today, YouTube today on its support forum announced that it will stop showing all existing annotations to viewers beginning January 15, 2019.

That means annotations will no longer show after January 15th.

Annotations were typically used by the video creators as calls-to-action to direct users to other videos or links or to other web pages.

Because, they never worked on mobile devices, instead of YouTube had created more intuitive in-video elements called “cards” and “end screens.”

Using these mobile-friendly tools creators can easily poll the audience, link to merchandise, recommend videos and more.

With more of YouTube’s viewership shifted to mobile devices, annotations started to become irrelevant, and these new tools further lessened the appeal of annotations.

Here are some benefits of end screens and cards:

  • End screens and cards work on both mobile and desktop.
  • End screens and cards are more engaging and generate 7x more clicks across YouTube.
  • End screens are 10x faster and easier to create than adding annotations. Creators can also import end screens from other videos or can use dynamic overlays.

YouTube Credits, which is available to all channels with at least 5,000 subscribers let videos stars tag and link to each of their collaborator’s channels from their video watch page.

Credits appear below the description of a video.

Here’s an example image of how credits appear on a video page:

Example image of YouTube Video Credit

Just hover over a credit to know more about the channel or click the credit to visit linked channel.

YouTube has just announced that it is’ discontinuing video credits starting in early 2019.

That said, creators are no more able to create new or edit existing video credits as on November 26, 2018. YouTube has disabled the creation of video credits feature.

Existing credits will still appear for time being but will be removed from all videos after January 31, 2019.

YouTube says it’s working on new ways to let tag other creators in videos.

However, contributing subtitles and closed captions to a video will still earn users credits.

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