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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello!

 

I've been a loyal subscriber of the Linus Tech Tips channel for years even though I've never posted on the forum.

 

I'm posting for the first time to share my opinion before it's too late.

 

I just wanted to say that I never click on content with clickbait titles or dumb thumbnails by principle. Unfortunately, more and more Linus Tech Tips videos on your YouTube channel have those.

 

Here are a few examples:

 

I don't click:

  • We NEVER expected NVIDIA to allow this...
  • How has EVERYONE overlooked this??
  • Why would you even…?
  • Razer thought this was a good idea??
  • I can't believe this.

I click:

  • Alienware's CRAZY upgradeable laptop
  • The OLED Gaming TV from ALIENWARE!!
  • Preparing for 10 GIGABIT Internet! What Could Go Wrong? (even though I could do without the "What could go wrong")
  • Electrical Wiring for the Gaming Center - What could go wrong? (I see a pattern…)
  • MacBook Air 2018 – A PC Guy's Perspective
  • "Water" Cooled Smartphone - S#!t Manufacturers Say
  • Are Walmart Gaming PCs actually THAT bad?

In general thumbnails have all been dumb for a few months now, with the "mandatory" funny and/or exaggerated face and the white outline. Thumbnails used two years ago with just the products were fine!

 

You have 8 million subscribers interested in computers, I'm not sure that they need these tactics to watch your videos.

 

I may be the only one to feel that way, and if so I would understand that you ignore this "rant", but I hope that I'm not alone, that other people feel the same and that hopefully you'll adapt to this portion of your audience.

 

I still like many of your videos, I hope you'll keep posting good ones!

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Its been explained in the past already, the man himself did. It really just is to attract new veiwers. So they are sadly here to stay :( 


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2 minutes ago, Romano2K said:

I'm posting for the first time to share my opinion before it's too late.

Seeing as we've been getting threads like this for a year now, I would say it's already too late!!! :D


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and many people have expressed their disapproval of these tactics. yet the numbers don't lie, these clickbait titles work and as long as they bring in more clicks and cash LTT is going to keep using them.

LMG is a business, eventough their videos are all pretty laidback and stuff, don;t forget that Linus has a whole staff of people that need to eat.


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10 minutes ago, Romano2K said:

Preparing for 10 GIGABIT Internet! What Could Go Wrong? (even though I could do without the "What could go wrong")

eh, artistic foreshadowing o_o

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1 minute ago, Blademaster91 said:

I don't like the clickbait titles either, can't totally blame LTT as apparently Youtube wants it and it's better revenue that way.

really wish youtube would stop boosting angry and controversial titles though ._.

 

i don't get why the algorithm can scan videos for copyrighted material to autostrike, and not scan it for the content itself to make suggestion decisions

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On Floatplane the clickbait titles are virtually nonexistent. There might be one or two here or there, but it's much better than the mess on YouTube. So if you're looking to escape the clickbait garbage, that's an option.


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1 minute ago, TheKDub said:

On Floatplane the clickbait titles are virtually nonexistent. There might be one or two here or there, but it's much better than the mess on YouTube.

what do first timers or channels outside of floatplane have in the meantime? ._.

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7 hours ago, Romano2K said:

I just wanted to say that I never click on content with clickbait titles or dumb thumbnails by principle. Unfortunately, more and more Linus Tech Tips videos on your YouTube channel have those.

You should just stop watching LTT all together, thats what a bunch of us did, including me. Linus is trying to cater to a certain demographic age.

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So, this just happened. Improvement nonetheless. I can live with that. I hands down refuse to watch previous videos with no mention of the product in the title. 

 

 


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2 minutes ago, Bouzoo said:

So, this just happened. Improvement nonetheless. I can live with that. I hands down refuse to watch previous videos with no mention of the product in the title. 

 

 

its a rewind to almost 2017 titles. so i guess that is a step in the right direction, but i doubt it is going to continue

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm glad that I'm not the only one to feel that way!

 

I'm sorry if I posted a dupe, I haven't been using the forum.

 

Regarding the "need" to use clickbait titles to pay the bills, I'll just say that Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) has the same number of subscribers (7,7 million subscribers for him versus 7,9 for LTT) and that he makes as much, if not more, views, without any clickbait title and with just a few subtle funny faces and the occasional outlined "?".

 

You can always make more views, just use girls in swim suit with huge boobs as thumbnails. I think it's a matter of balance between quality and money.

 

If Linus has already been "warned" and hasn't changed anything, I'm sorry but I'm unsubsribing right away. Obviously as a nerd in his 30s I'm not his target anymore.

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I Don't mind the thumbnails, but this is the problem, the titles, how can you even know what's the video about? even if you search gtx 2060 review the video still wouldn't show up

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The thumbnails won't even wont show up in youtube search 

 

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3 minutes ago, Rohith_Kumar_Sp said:

even if you search gtx 2060 review the video still wouldn't show up

As protest against LTT's clickbait titles, I don't watch any LTT video that has a clickbait title lol.


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I have to agree, I find myself watching fewer and fewer LTT videos.

 

I see a lot of the other channels I'm subscribed too are also going overboard with the thumbnails.. It's really ridiculous, that being said. All the other channels still keep proper titles... They don't use words like "Why would you even." and so forth, it for example says "GeForce 1070 - Review".. Though with a stupid thumbnail, but it keeps the title understandable.

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20 hours ago, TheKDub said:

So if you're looking to escape the clickbait garbage, that's an option.

Why pay money for a bunch of LTT videos, when you can just watch a different YouTube channel with non-clickbait video titles?


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8 minutes ago, Rohith_Kumar_Sp said:

even if you search gtx 2060 review the video still wouldn't show up

Well, I wonder why...

If you search "RTX 2060" the LTT video does show... You just have to scroll down to the 24th video in the results to find it.

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... Or at least I think the "Why would you even...?" video is about the RTX 2060. I can't tell.


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7 hours ago, Geography said:

Why pay money for a bunch of LTT videos, when you can just watch a different YouTube channel with non-clickbait video titles?

It's simply an option.

 

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On 1/10/2019 at 9:17 AM, Romano2K said:

I click:

Why bother?

Its just a waste of time!

 

Would you trust a person who steals from stores?

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