On every YouTube video page there are two tabs below the video:
- "About" contains an author-generated description, the category and license information.
- "Share" offers sharing functionality for various third party services, the code to embed the video, and a widget to send the link per email.
(Note that "Add to" breaks with consistency, as it’s not a tab, but some kind of pop-up.)
By default the "About" tab is selected. But as soon as the video is finished playing, it automatically switches to the "Share" tab.
I wonder if this is a good solution or an anti-pattern?
Personally, this bugs me. I tend to read the description while the video runs, and often enough I’m not finished reading when the video is finished (or I started reading the description shortly before the video ends), and woosh, the description goes away and I get pushed to share the video.
What would be other, better ways to solve this?