I've seen some sites and apps where videos float on page scroll. Pretty recently, Facebook website rolled out this feature and received a bunch of complaints from its users. I don't know if this is how the majority of its users feel or it's just a vocal minority.

The YouTube iOS app does this as well - particularly the main video page where the video sticks and floats up top as you scroll down to the comments section.

Some hate this feature and argue that when users scroll down, it's indicative that they no longer want to see the video so why float it? But for most people, wouldn't you normally hit "Stop" if you no longer want to watch a video before scrolling past it?

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    @elliottregan Thank you. I just did that. I wasn't even aware of this feature.
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Floating videos can be good, but they can also be be bad. Super vague answer, but it really depends on what the user is expecting, and the purpose of the app.

I think the success can be tied to the following observations:

Floating Video in YouTube App In the YouTube app, it isn't uncommon for users to browse for different videos while one is playing (either because of boredom or interest in similar videos). There are also comments which can provide additional information relevant to the video.

Floating Video on Facebook website On Facebook, when you scroll away from a playing video, you never more content relevant or similar to the video being played. In fact, the success of the New Feed feature is tied to the idea that a bored user can just scroll to see new content. Constant surprise and delight.

Now, have you ever tried listening to a video playing while reading a completely unrelated article or browsing photos of your friends? You can only pay attention to one or the other.


Floating videos are useful when the user might want to lightly engage in related content such as browsing for the next thing to watch. Floating videos are unsuccessful when the content behind the video is unrelated or requires the same level of attention as the video requires.


Referring to CNN and Ted talk websites because they also use scrolling videos. As a user, I find them annoying because:

  • They take control, even if, I want to read content after scrolling
  • They overlap some of the content on the page
  • Even if I pause videos, video will come down in second fold and go up and down while scrolling(annoying)
  • Worst! Some of the sites(CNN) autoplay videos.

As per my knowledge there is no case study done on this.


They are terrible IF the user has no control over dismissing the window to a video and keeping them from playing again. I mean, there is a common sense answer to this that few websites implement, which makes me question the intelligence of the webmasters.



They are horrible. I will try once to close a floating vid, & if clicking x leads deceptively to the site or refuses to close, I am OUT & not coming back. Floaters are hated with the heat of a thousand suns by most—except for bloggers trying to make money.

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