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YouTube Ratings Preview – browser add-on gives instant overview of video watchability [Freeware]


There are so many videos available to watch, how do you know which are worth the effort? Sure you can click through each one to preview and check the stats, but that can take a loong time, especially if you’re just looking to grab a quick bit of advice or some news about a particular topic.

This YouTube Ratings Preview add-on is a great way to avoid wasting time, since it lets you hover over a YouTube video thumbnail and grab an instant snapshot of the likes and ratings for a particular clip. The add-on works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari and offers a small but useful number of settings for optimizing it to your needs.


Now we all know that numbers rarely tell the whole story, and a video with x ratings can turn out to be worse than your father’s old European vacation stuff, but at least it can provide a rough guide to browsers to save wasting clicks and times on obvious rubbish. We also like the setting which highlights the best rated videos on a page with a blue border, great for easy scanning. Definitely worth a look.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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