Today, YouTube announced two feature updates to make it easier for people to find the content they’re looking for on the platform. Thisfeatures and easier discovery of foreign language videos with captions in the user’s local language.
On desktop, YouTube users can hover over a video’s thumbnail and watch a short clip play. This functionality will now extend toto browse the chapters within a video. From the search page, in.
“Let’s say you’re looking for a good sourdough recipe and want to work on your kneading technique. With these new search results, you can see all the steps in the video, from feeding the starter to pulling the bread out of the oven — and skip right to the chapter on kneading,” wrote Pablo Paniagua, director of Product Management, in a blog post.
The other YouTube will supplement search results with English-language videos, but it plans to expand to more languages.recommends videos in different languages to the user, so long as they have captioning available in their language. So, to extend YouTube’s sourdough example, if you speak Icelandic and can’t find a good sourdough tutorial in your language, YouTube might recommend an English-language tutorial with Icelandic subtitles. To start,
In India and Indonesia, YouTube is also testing a feature to complementSearch. “Not all searches may have enough high-quality or relevant video content to what you’re looking for,” Paniagua explained.
already had a feature that let users skip to select moments in a video. Late last year, Google (parent company to YouTube) experimented with a short-form videos from TikTok and Instagram. But, the video would open within the to keep users on Google, rather than opening the TikTok or Instagram apps.
These updates to YouTube’s search feature browser extension called RegretsReporter, asking users to self-report YouTube videos they wish they didn’t watch.ongoing controversy around the platform’s search algorithm. Last month, Mozilla published that YouTube’s algorithm continued to promote “bottom-feeding” content. Mozilla crowd-sourced data from participants who used a
Mozilla found that YouTube regrets were 60% higher in countries where English isn’t the primary language. Still, a representative from YouTube said that features that might mitigate thisfor example, recommending foreign videos with local language captions — were not developed in response to the Mozilla report. “Our teams have been working on these features for months to help users find what they’re looking for, from how-tos to DIYs,” a spokesperson from YouTube said.