YouTube timed reactions to roll out soon
YouTube has officially revealed that it has begun testing timed reactions on its mobile apps. This new feature will allow users to react to specific times in a video using eight emojis.
YouTube is now conducting an experiment with the feature, which implies that it may undergo adjustments throughout development in response to user input.
The Google-owned company suspended dislike numbers for videos in November 2021 and has since experimented with new methods to interact with content, including timed comments on videos a la SoundCloud.
Now, the timed reactions feature will soon roll out to users, following favourable feedback about its timed comments beta tool. The reactions in this feature will be stacked on the progress bar at specific points.
According to YouTube, reactions will be anonymised and the company will not reveal who posted each response.
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The video-sharing platform said that this new experiment with timed replies will begin with a small number of channels. However, the business has not yet revealed which channels or videos are included in the experiment.
While viewing an experiment video, viewers will be able to reply to a specific time in the video by opening the comment area and tapping on the reaction panel. Users can also view audience reactions by navigating to this area.
There is presently no indication on whether the new timed responses experiment will eventually be rolled out to all users, and it may undergo multiple adjustments throughout development or be abandoned in favour of another kind of video interaction feature after the firm completes testing it.
It is also not known if this new feature would be available on the desktop website.