YouTube is the world’s biggest video streaming platform and thousands of videos are being uploaded every day. YouTube is so popular nowadays that some people don’t even turn on their TV anymore since they can get all the entertainment they need directly from YouTube. The magic of YouTube is that all the uploaded content is user-based and this makes people who watch videos feel like they can interact with the content creators.
Nonetheless, many people make their living on YouTube and this is causing some problems. YouTube’s algorithm for placing videos on the trending page and in the recommendation tab is acting pretty weird and content creators are always looking for ways to “trick” it. One of those ways is by adding clickbait thumbnails images.
Every big YouTuber is using clickbait thumbnails and titles on videos in order to get more views than usual. On the downside of things, some YouTubers such as the infamous Ali-A who is a Fortnite content creator are using thumbnails that showcase items and things which never happen in the video itself. This is causing people to get annoyed, and it looks like YouTube has just the right solution for this issue.
YouTube is currently testing new software that is automatically generating video thumbnails. The software is still in the experiment phase and YouTube is only testing it on 0.3% of viewers. Hopefully, this feature is going to get rid of all those clickbait thumbnails which cause people to waste their time.
In addition, this is what YouTube had to say about the new software: “We are running a small experiment where 0.3% of viewers will see an auto-generated thumbnail, instead of your custom thumbnail. We are not removing the ability to create your custom thumbnail, but we hope to gain insights on auto-generated thumbnails for the future.”