YouTube testing timed comments so you know which part of the video people are talking about
YouTube's latest experiment will let users add timed comments so it's easier to find out which part of the video they're talking about.
YouTube is testing a new feature that lets you view comments timed to the exact moment you’re watching a video. YouTube is testing it on Android and iOS for select videos and with a small group of users. This is the latest feature that’s part of the “YouTube test features and experiments” program.
This feature will let you add comments and link them to a specific section of the video. It will make it easier for users to find out which precise moment commenters are talking about. Users who are part of this experiment will see a new feature called “Timed Beta” under the Sort button in the comments section. Tapping on this will give users the option to add timestamps to their comments.
YouTube’s timed comments will actually be very helpful to users. It’s quite common to see users posting comments with the exact timestamp to properly explain what they’re talking about. Now to do that you have to pause the video on that exact timestamp mentioned in the comment. With this feature, users will be able to tap on the comment and that particular moment of the video will be visible.
This feature is similar to what Soundcloud offers users who can comment about specific parts of a song. Soundcloud shows small tick marks to indicate timed comments. YouTube’s timed comments feature will also most likely look the same. Since the experiment is limited and YouTube hasn’t shared any screenshots, it’s difficult to understand exactly what the feature will look like. YouTube plans on rolling out this feature to more users based on feedback of the test.