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YouTube Tests New Option That Allows Users To Post ‘Timed Reactions’ On Videos

We’re all quite familiar with the unpredictable nature of YouTube comments. However, the platform is now venturing towards a more fun approach to the comments section that sounds interesting, to say the least.

In the recent past, YouTube conducted a trial that allowed users to put up ‘timed comments’ and that means. It was very similar to making ‘SoundCloud-like answers’ at certain video timestamps.

Clearly, that venture turned out successful and that’s why Google is coming up with a similar test that allows you to make ‘timed reactions’ over its videos.

The new feature is gearing up for its release to a small number of channels as a testing phase that appears quite similar to the previous test conducted.


Critics believe that many can now breathe a sigh of relief because the removal of ‘dislike counts’ on videos left so many viewers feeling disheartened. After all, freedom of expression counts a lot in the world of social media.

Whenever the test is deemed active, users can leave their Instagram-like reactions during specific moments that they best seem suitable.

This way, Google hopes watching videos of interest will be a more worthwhile experience as you’re able to see so many people’s reactions along the way.

However, the platform plans to maintain anonymity so you won’t be able to figure out who reacted and how they felt.
As far as which reactions will be made available, Google revealed that it is still testing out an array of different sets. And this is based on popular emojis. Therefore, they may add or delete some of the options in regards to how their experimental trial goes.

If you seem as excited as us in terms of trying the new feature out, well, we suggest you keep those eyes on the lookout as it’s not exactly revealed when Google plans on rolling it out.

However, reports did confirm how the feature is only going to be active for a selected number of videos at the start and they are yet to specify which ones.

You might want to make sure you’ve got the latest version of the app too so things run smoothly so we highly suggest you start updating soon.

YouTube has mentioned how this is an experiment for now, instead of the usual app feature rollout that most of us are accustomed to. Hence, user feedback will truly determine the outcome in the end.

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