YouTube’s Thumbnails Become Accommodating

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It’s a small change, but it’s an important one: people who upload videos onto YouTube will now have more of a say in what image is used as a representative thumbnail.

The selection isn’t unlimited; instead, an announcement on YouTube’s blog states that there will be three predetermined options for each video.  Still, “So many of you asked for the ability to choose thumbnail images for the videos you upload to YouTube that, well, we just had to do it!”

After all, you know how it goes – for pretty much any search term, YouTube will return some results that look useless – the thumbnails are mostly black, hopelessly fuzzy, or horribly pixelated, and people aren’t likely to click them unless the “view” count is already quite high.

This development should address that problem, though the YouTube Team warns users not to get sneaky.  “The thumbnail option is offered as a way for you to represent the content of your video, and it should do just that,” the Team notes.  “So, if you’ve added a risqué clip to your video of cute puppies, in hopes that the split-second bikini shot will end up as a thumbnail which might gain more view counts, we will have to flag your video as having adult content.”

Credit goes to Googlified’s Haochi Chen for spotting YouTube’s update.

YouTube’s Thumbnails Become Accommodating
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