Could Be Nothing, Could Be Something: YouTube Abandons Gadgets

The CrunchGear guys noticed something a little weird this morning. The YouTube category that they usually use for their videos – Gadgets and Games – is gone (see it listed quite clearly in this old screenshot).

All of the videos they had put in that category were moved to a new category called “Science & Technology” (example). but that new category isn’t listed on YouTube’s category page, either.

Sounds like a routine taxonomy change to me, but John Biggs (the editor of CrunchGear) spun a number of nonsensical conspiracy theories to me this morning. We have an email in to YouTube PR for comment. I’m sure they’ll drop everything and get right back to us.