How to disable YouTube’s new related videos feature

Yesterday, YouTube released a new feature that enables one to watch related videos through embeded videos. I noticed this new feature when I posted a blog entry yesterday (& have since disabled it). Example:

related-videos

I can see value in this new feature, but I don’t like it for two reasons:
1. Videos I post on my blog are previewed and approved for posting on my blog by me
2. Videos I post on my blog are related to the blog entry’s topic. In the case of yesterday’s blog, the topic was the ask.com algorithm — not random BBQ videos or other crap (which could be far worse than the topic of BBQ).

To disable this feature, you’ll have to apply a minor hack to the embed code that you copy from YouTube. The hack is to simply add “&rel=0” to the end of the embed src URL.

related-embed-code

I hope YouTube removes this as a default feature. Sounds like I’m not alone.

UPDATE: Per the YouTube blog this feature has been modified so related videos only play if the menu button is pressed. I still think the default should be for the related videos feature to be disabled and perhaps easily enabled without users having to hack the embed code, but it’s good to see that YouTube is listening to their users feedback.

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  3. #3 by Prof on October 29, 2007 - 9:25 pm

    Thanks man!

  4. #4 by Jakob on November 22, 2007 - 11:28 am

    Hi. I stumbled into your post searching for hints regarding the search algorithm that underlies youtube’s related videos feature (the regular "related videos" feature on youtube.com). I have uploaded several clips that belong to one documentary project and wanted to "link" them by using very specific tags (that are very unlikely to be shared by other videos that those of the documentary) in order to create a kind of non-linear documentary film. i assumed that if two videos share one or more tags in common, they would be offered as related – but this seems to be the case only with a very small proportion of videos, for most of it, it didn’t work. Do you have any idea why that is or how i could make that work? Much appreciated!! best, Jakob

  5. #5 by Anonymous on February 2, 2008 - 11:47 am

    THanks for the tips! You’re a life saver! Who wants traffic directed off their site to inappropriate Youtube videos? It is what I hate about Youtube is that it seems to prefer that the viewer choose a video from anyone else but you.

  6. #6 by Chris on March 20, 2008 - 6:10 am

    I had forgotten this work-around and found your site. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. #7 by metube on May 6, 2008 - 11:15 am

    Inappropriate Related Video has attached itself to my one and only video on You Tube. I know how to avoid it when I embed it on my website or YouTube channel, but someone eventually will run across the You Tube video itself and see titles and graphics for everything from porn (flagging doesn’t eliminate the title and graphic) to devil worship rituals (I am not making this up, how the heck did this get there?) adjacent to my educational family-oriented video. My video is business oriented and related to green building design and everyone else with a similar topic seems to have avoided this problem. I am just about ready to pull the video off completely but I really do like using You Tube to embed on my website and I like my You Tube Channel. I’ve done everything I could think of to change the Related Videos from adding playlists and favorites to the channel, to chaning the tags and title, but the same Related Videos pop up. Maybe over time they change but its been a few days. Any suggestions?

  8. #8 by metube on May 6, 2008 - 11:16 am

    Inappropriate Related Video has attached itself to my one and only video on You Tube. I know how to avoid it when I embed it on my website or YouTube channel, but someone eventually will run across the You Tube video itself and see titles and graphics for everything from porn (flagging doesn’t eliminate the title and graphic) to devil worship rituals (I am not making this up, how the heck did this get there?) adjacent to my educational family-oriented video. My video is business oriented and related to green building design and everyone else with a similar topic seems to have avoided this problem. I am just about ready to pull the video off completely but I really do like using You Tube to embed on my website and I like my You Tube Channel. I’ve done everything I could think of to change the Related Videos from adding playlists and favorites to the channel, to chaning the tags and title, but the same Related Videos pop up. Maybe over time they change but its been a few days. Any suggestions?

  9. #9 by metube on May 6, 2008 - 11:21 am

    This is the e-mail link for the above. That’s how frazzled his has gotten me.

  10. #10 by anjana on August 4, 2008 - 11:06 pm

    hi metube
    I have the same problem.
    I want to show only video as related from my playlist only.
    I dont find any way to do this
    Help me!

  11. #11 by Jamie Dunne on September 11, 2008 - 8:21 am

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  12. #12 by tone on September 24, 2008 - 11:04 am

    Nice post, good info (:

  13. #13 by James on September 24, 2008 - 11:29 am

    Hey man I just have a question,
    Is there a way a youtube user can tag various "related" videos under the related section of a specific video?
    For example, my friend is into photography and has made a photo-slide video. What he wants to do is tag certain videos that inspired his pictures in the "related" section without necessarily tagging his own video with "key words" like the title of those other videos.
    Is that possible?
    Thanks…

  14. #14 by Chris on September 24, 2008 - 11:30 am

    Hey man I just have a question,
    Is there a way a youtube user can tag various "related" videos under the related section of a specific video?
    For example, my friend is into photography and has made a photo-slide video. What he wants to do is tag certain videos that inspired his pictures in the "related" section without necessarily tagging his own video with "key words" like the title of those other videos.
    Is that possible?
    Thanks…

  15. #15 by Chris on September 24, 2008 - 11:35 am

    Sorry about the double post,
    This is Chris and James and we also have an issue with weird "related" videos posted next to our stuff.
    They are not related my any means so we want to know if it is possible for someone to tag videos under our stuff.
    Thanks

  16. #16 by James Notrealname on October 12, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    OK it took me a while to uncover this but I have found the method of related videos showing on videos you upload to you tube.
    This is actually quite worrying and I dare not post on the youtube forums for fear of being thrown off.
    You open an account with youtube and upload a video…
    From here you think I will just have a nose around and see what else is about to look at so you head off to a video labelled MAN WEARING WOMENS KNICKERS AND GETS THEM STUCK so after laughing at that in the related videos on the page your still laughing at you click on MAN WEARING STOCKINGS AND GETTING TURNED ON (these are just examples I honestly don’t search this) but the main thing is this.
    Go back to your uploaded video in about a weeks time.
    LOOK IN YOUR RELATED VIDEOS (cuz your going to have a major shock)
    AND YES YOU CAN SEE WHAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT TO BY SIMPLY GOING TO ANY OF THEIR VIDEOS.
    I know this is right, I have tested it over the last couple of weeks. When I confronted a friend and said to him he had been looking at a video about porn on you tube when he’s video related links was sports areas he went red and said how did you know that..

  17. #17 by James Notrealname on October 12, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    I’m testing a theory to get rid of these showing up and having whatever you would like displayed to show in related videos.
    Anyone interested drop me an email and I will tell you firstly if it works (under test for couple of weeks from now) and secondly how to do it.

  18. #18 by james on October 12, 2008 - 12:19 pm

  19. #19 by josh on November 23, 2008 - 6:53 pm

    AWESOME! this is great, thank you

  20. #20 by Berri on December 7, 2008 - 6:04 am

    I have kids on my site and I could not find how to remove it. My video is a joke but tagged as porn…. Many thanks GREAT JOB.

  21. #21 by Komik Videolar on March 25, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Is there a way a youtube user can tag various "related" videos under the related section of a specific video?

  22. #22 by YouTube Changes on April 18, 2009 - 7:29 am

    YouTube has made some major changes that will destroy our community. if you are a YouTube User you need to see this. Please watch it and spread the word. rate it comment it favoriate it 1000 times we have to do something to stop this


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