12 YouTube Features KILLED OFF by YouTube

YouTube is constantly evolving and updating to better serve its users, but with change comes the loss of beloved features. Here are some of the features that YouTube users miss the most:

  • The YouTube Video Editor: This feature was a game changer for amateur filmmakers, allowing them to edit their videos directly on YouTube. It was removed in September 2017, and users were left to either use third-party software or upload pre-edited videos. But don’t worry, there are still a few online alternatives to the Video Editor.
  • YouTube annotations: Remember those little clickable notes that used to pop up on videos? Well, they were called annotations, and they were removed in May 2017. YouTube users loved using annotations to add extra information or links to their videos, but Google decided to encourage users to use end screens and cards instead.
  • Google Video: Google Video was a precursor to YouTube, but it was eventually merged with the video-sharing giant. Unfortunately, the Google Video website was shut down in August 2012, but its legacy lives on through YouTube.
  • Google Video Player: This stand-alone media player was a great way to watch Google Videos, but it was also shut down in 2012.
  • Google Video for Business: Businesses could use this feature to host and share videos on their own websites, but it was also shut down in 2012.
  • YouTube comments on Google+: YouTube comments were integrated with the Google+ social network in 2013, but in 2019, Google announced that it would be separating the comments feature from Google+ and bringing it back to the classic YouTube commenting system.

These are just a few of the features that YouTube users miss the most, but with every update, new and exciting features are introduced. We may miss the old features, but we can’t wait to see what YouTube has in store for us next.

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