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OREO [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
14 years ago

huh??

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Next time replace pl=on with pl=off in the url, like this one:
video.google.com/videoplay?doc ...

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

pl=false also seems to work (since Philip's link had true in it, I tried false)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Following blogoscoped.com/forum/25019.ht ... ...

Problem #4 :
If you watch a video and turn "continuous video" at OFF, you can immediatly watch an other video and the variable is always at OFF. But if you close your browser and re-open it, your preferences are erased.

Problem #5 :
you are watching a video, and "continuous video" is at OFF. If someone, who just see a funny video and want to share is discover, sends you a link to this video, and if this link contain "pl=on", Google doesn't care about you : Google want you see not only your friend's video but all videos "related" (rarely really related).

Problem #6 :
Related ? Related ??
You could think other videos "related" are the same that you found in the SERP. For example, you search [cars], the result page is the same that the related videos list.
But just an example :
video.google.com/videosearch?q ...
Here, you have only ONE result.
And you have other videos in the "playlist", came from.... from what ? I don't know.
If you find a video where there is just this video in the playlist, please post the link here, I want to see if there is a "loop effect" ;-)

anon [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

No, changing pl=true to pl=false does not work. It just pauses and then plays the next one in line.

anon [PersonRank 7]

14 years ago #

They now have an "OFF" link that you need to click to really turn off continuous playing. It's right above the other "related" videos entries.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Posted an update... Nathan found something else that can go wrong with this feature:
google.blognewschannel.com/ind ...

Ulf Sjöström [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

It also makes it hard to send video links to people, since after you have watched a video you like the URL instantly changes. This will surely confuse a lot of people. I now have to pause the videos 5 sec before they really end. It feels like a mousetrap.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Thanks Ulf, you found the problem number 7!
And Nathan (Inside Google) found many others...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Looks like Google is getting greedy for longer attention spans... or they just want to turn Google Video into something more TV-like. After all, when your friend calls you to tell you a good show is running, the show won't stop after it finished :)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Correct! (copyright the Weakest link)
But when you call a friend, in that case, you want he watch the scene in process, not all the TV Guide!
Google Video, you are the weakest link, goodbye!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Oui, mais...

The TV doesn't turn off after the show ends.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Exact,
but Google has noticed no-one for this change : you expected to got a video, and surprise (!) you are in front of a TV.
I can see here and all over the map that this surprise doesn't please to all Google users...

bad google! ^^

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