I have a very technical question about the latest feature shown on those video platforms, like YouTube and other.
There’s been a trend lately that the classic still image thumbnails have been transformed to animated video thumbnails (I don’t know if they were gif).
This feature allows users to “preview” the animated content of the video through the thumbnail without them clicking it. You simply just need the mouse cursor to hover over the thumbnail to get “auto-play” loaded.
Now, here’s the real question. When you click the thumbnail to watch a video on a new page. Of course, you would be given a new DNS footprint because you have opened a new page.
But for these “preview thumbnails”, you didn’t create any new page by clicking, but just activated them via hovering over on the same page. Does that mean my DNS footprint was staying the same on the thumbnail page instead of video page.
To put it simply, I don’t my DNS footprint to show I watched that actual video just because I “previewed them on thumbnails without clicking them.
I don’t know how this technology worked but I heard about they were widely adopted by adult video sites, and now by YouTube!
I discovered some insights about how these animated thumbnail were coded:
I don’t want my ISP to interpret that I clicked 100 videos just because I “previewed” them on these uncontrollable thumbnails. Am I worry to much?