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I was watching a John Green Truth or Fail video yesterday, for the first time, and was amazed when I found I could interact with the video! “What strange new world is this,” I thought. (Really! I sometimes think in Shakespeare quotes, it’s strange, I know.)

Here’s the video:

The wizardry behind this technological innovation are YouTube Annotations. What is a YouTube annotation, you ask. Good question! Let’s let the talented folks over at YouTube explain it:

Video Annotations is a new way for you to add interactive commentary to your videos! Use it to:

– Add background information about the video
– Create stories with multiple possibilities (viewers click to choose the next scene)
– Link to related YouTube videos, channels, or search results from within a video
– All of the above!

You control what the annotations say, where they appear on the video, and when they appear and disappear.
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You might be thinking: Okay, that’s fine, but how do I DO all this cool stuff? How do I transform my crusty, boring, video into an interactive masterpiece? I’m glad you asked! If you click here, the Folks at YouTube will show you how to create or edit your annotations. And, I ask, what could be more fun than that? Can’t you see yourself Saturday night, alone, at home, furiously editing annotation after annotation? Oh, wait, that’s me. :p

Hope you have fun with your annotations!

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