Top 10 YouTube Features that Were Removed

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YouTube had cool features that were awesome, but then they were taken off the site, for whoever knows why. Get ready for a trip down memory lane.

The Top Ten

1 Video Editor

Yep, it's gone (Or will be in September, depending on when you found the list). If you want to make simple compilation videos now you have to take the long way. Apparently no one used the editor. - isaaonrtdmtr

Google you're making a big mistake, a lot of people use video editor.

It's gone? - PeeledBanana

Most of this stuff is just for the app, right? because I got the sidebar, sub collection, annotations, and themes
(if u mean banners and the youtuber link bar, etc.) - EliHbk

Nope, it's for the entire website. You're probably using an outdated version. - isaaonrtdmtr

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2 Annotations

Those boxes that appeared on screen you could click on, or were just for fun little messages, now are replaced with an "End Screen" feature (which will likely disappear in 2025). - isaaonrtdmtr

To add, existing annotations will remain on Videos, but can't be edited at all. - isaaonrtdmtr

It's gone? - PeeledBanana

3 Star Ratings

As a general rule, star ratings are useless. They result in a bunch ones and fives and relatively little in between. Video ratings in general, whether they be star ratings or the current like or dislike system, are not good indicators of the quality of a video, especially if the video maker covers a controversial topic, such as feminism or free trade.

I'm quite happy these got replaced with the like/dislike system. Ratings were almost always 1 or 5 stars which rendered the other options in between practically useless. - Entranced98

There once was a time where you could rate videos from 1-5 stars, like on Yelp. However, it was deemed as useless and was replaced with the like/dislike buttons. - isaaonrtdmtr

I can't believe people on the TTT still whine about this bad feature being removed. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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4 Custom Channel Layouts

This was such a cool feature, where you could change the theme on you YouTube channel. I don't know what YouTube was thinking getting rid of it. - isaaonrtdmtr

Didn't some youtubers have different color buttons and stuff a few years back? - EliHbk

It's gone? - PeeledBanana

This sounds like a great idea, but in some ways it would suck. What if a troll channel put flashing gifs or layered images to slow down or crash your computer? Also, it would be harder to navigate. One channel might put their Subscribe button on the very bottom, while another would put it on the very top.
I think that YouTube should add another form of customizability, but in a way that prevents trolls and still keeps a universal design. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

5 Subscription Collection

This was a feature that allowed you to sort out your subscriptions, and despite its usefulness, it was for some reason removed. - isaaonrtdmtr

6 Video Responses

This was a neat way to communicate with other users, but was removed from the site. There are different ways to engage with viewers, but they're just not like the Video Responses. - isaaonrtdmtr

7 The Sidebar

Oh yes, the sidebar. Where you can learn all about the user who uploaded what you were watching. Now you have to scroll down to see that. - isaaonrtdmtr

You can switch back to the old YouTube - PeeledBanana

8 Honors

These were basically achievements within the site that would be shown in the video description, that were taken off long ago. They were cool, I don't know why they were taken off. - isaaonrtdmtr

9 Groups

This was a cool way to share videos among friends. I guess it was overshadowed by texting links on your phone. Or Google+. What?! - isaaonrtdmtr

10 YouTube Friends

This was a way to add your friends in a category, but was likely deemed useless thanks to subscription collections, so it was gone. - isaaonrtdmtr

The Contenders

11 Featured Content

Featured content, videos or playlists that appear at the bottom of the screen on videos, has been removed due to users clicking them away, and being more likely to click end screens and cards. - isaaonrtdmtr

12 Being able to play snake while your video loaded

You know how if you have no Internet you can play that T-Rex game while you wait for connection? Well this was basically that, but with video loading. I guess because videos load faster now this was taken off. - isaaonrtdmtr

Sounds cool! - RaccoonCartoon

If you didn't know what this was, basically you could move around the loading symbol and play snake. it was sadly removed.

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