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YouTube Video Annotations

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

YouTube Video Annotations

Have you noticed that some YouTube videos have silver speech bubbles or boxes in them? Well, that’s a beta feature YouTube is trying out called the TestTube (clever name, huh?!) The silver boxes (also known as video annotations) look like this:

Now, if they bother you while you’re watching a video, you can turn them off. There’s an icon in the bottom right hand corner of the video and if you hover over it and click on the button that pops up, the annotations will disappear.

But if you want to keep the annotations, here’s how to add them:

1.) Go to, scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose TestTube.

2.) Under Video Annotations, click Try It Out.

3.) Now, if you’re not already logged in, go ahead and do so.

4.) Then head over to the My Videos section and click on Annotations under the video you want to annotate.

5.) There are three types of annotations: Speech Bubble, Note and Spotlight. I suggest you experiment a little to see which one you like the best.

Here’s to enjoying YouTube just a little bit more!

~ Brandon Zubek

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