This hub assaults the reader with an automatic video play. The video launches within seconds of landing on the hub, without the reader having the choice to activate it or not.
In my surprise about hearing uninvited sound and in my subsequent effort to turn it off, I lost all interest in the topic of the hub and therefore didn't read it. It was like landing on a website full of sound, animation, and pop-ups...sorry, I'm outta there, instantly.
I'm guessing this is an experiment?
Hey Sally's Trove,
Yes, HubPages team has said in the past that they would be testing auto-run videos on Staff's pages.
I tend to leave pages quickly that open a video or ad without warning, I prefer having the option of playing it or not.
Agreed. I tend to open lots of tabs at once, so I often can't find which one has the offending noise. I just start furiously closing tabs. I despise auto play. When you are in a quiet house it can be very startling to have audio begin without your consent.
I hate automatic videos. If someone's interested they'll play them else just leave them alone.. I wouldn't like that happening on HP
I tend to cut the video off and read the article. If I am interested, I go back and watch.
I too agreed on this with Sally.It should be left to the users to select the video or not. make it automatic will distract the attention.
I want to read the article. If a video is offered, I will probably view it after reading the article. Sometimes, the article is good enough for me, and I'll bypass the video because I see videos as entertainment or something to hold my attention.
I have written about this issue on the forums five days ago. It is quite bothersome.
Arlene. It is not a "video" per se. It is an advertisement.
We are talking about two different (albeit equally annoying) things. Your thread is about an ad. We are talking about a video on the hub, created and uploaded by the author. It is set to auto play.
Oh! Yes! You are quite right. And, auto-play videos are also annoying. I've never set any videos to that selection when posting. The person who has created the video link has the option to go back and relink without the auto-play feature.
Look at Cagsil's post above. This is a test by some staffers.
I see that is Simone speaking on dating. That is NOT a YouTube video as far as I can tell. I believe that Hubpages is rolling out its own form of video uploads.
Thanks for that reminder, but Debby's post could be construed as meaning that there's an option on HP to select auto-play or not for a video.
I agree, I don't like the auto-play videos either and I hope the HP team doesn't follow through with this idea. I want to choose whether to play the video or not.
I'll have to say that it is annoying.... When I am quietly browsing HubPages at night and a video pops on full blast... Ugggh
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