Google recently announced or rather quietly updated the YouTube help page many years ago that all existing annotations that were created before editing annotations will be removed from the videos early next year.
In May 2017, Google broke an annotation adjustment because of the fact that the creators reported an excessive amount of annotations for uploading videos. These color blocks have made browsing a hindrance and, frankly, strenuous – the videos looked disorganized and the pop-ups disturbed.
However, these annotations were a good method for video creators who promoted their other content or favorite products or something else they wanted to share with their viewers.
To respond to these needs less distracting, Google introduced the cards and end-screens still in use in 2016. Cards are more cleanly designed pop-ups, which are displayed in the top corner of the designated places of the video. Tap it to open a menu of other links, videos, polls, and more.
Alternatively, end-screens are a fairly straightforward interface option: users can choose to display a screen at the end of the video that can contain basically everything they want to highlight – channels, products, and even more links.
Both of these functions also work on a mobile platform, unlike annotations, and create seven times more clicks on the platform. On the contrary, the annotations were much more closed than they were exhausted, so when all are removed by 15 January next year, it is unlikely that someone will be broken by heart. – AFP Relaxnews