YouTube: I’ve noticed that more and more of my favorite long-form channels on YouTube–those that post videos over 20 minutes–have ads that force the videos to pause every 5 minutes or so. This wouldn’t be a problem for a shorter video, but I often listen to the longer videos while doing something else away from the computer. Also, because they’re longer, sometimes I’ll pause a video and come back to it later, and the ads seem to follow the unpausing on a 1-2 minute delay.
I’d like to propose a solution: For any long video (or any video with ads, really), I’d like the option to watch all of the ads when I press play. That’s much more convenient for me, and I would think it’s better for the advertisers too, because I’m guaranteeing they’ll have my attention then in exchange for an ad-free experience for the rest of the video.
Facebook: I subscribe to a bunch of different Facebook groups (most of them for Stonemaier Games). Whenever I log in to Facebook, I’m greeted by a number of grouped notifications, like, “Wingspan Group has posts from A, B, C, D, E, etc.” Even though I’m on Facebook a lot, sometimes the number of new posts can be a bit overwhelming.
Facebook helps a bit by separating notifications for posts and comments where people tag me–that’s great. But I would also find it helpful if Facebook could highlight any post that includes a question (identified by any post with a question mark). That would help me jump to the posts that are most likely to need a response.
What do you think about these minor problems and minor solutions?