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“Like and subscribe” is a familiar mantra to anyone who regularly watches videos on YouTube. But with some new changes YouTube is rolling out to the video streaming platform, the words will do more than just annoy you. As part of the updates, when a creator says the words “like” or “subscribe,” YouTube will add a visual cue over the corresponding buttons as a way to prompt you to actually click or tap them.
Here’s a GIF from Google showing what that might look like — watch the “subscribe” button in the lower-right corner of the GIF.
A subscribe animation!
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