YouTube has introduced a new feature that allows video publishers to invite others to annotate by adding speech bubbles or spotlights to their videos. YouTube introduced the new annotation feature a few weeks ago, but has now extended it so others can collaborate. Commenter’s have to be logged in to YouTube to add annotations and the video's owner can moderate these comments.
Obviously there will always be times when the use of annotations enriches the experience and others when it just gets in the way. It will be interesting if the ability to annotate increases hits, whether the annotation is viewed as a plus and how their usage develops. It also raises interesting copyright questions.
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