This is certainly going to be an interesting conversation to watch. I don't think its easy to peg thumbnails as necessarily "clickbait" or or "click worthy". Clickbait generically in my mind is something designed to achieve a click-through using irrelevant material. If I made a thumbnail saying "Bought a new car" with a picture of me standing next to a Rolls Royce when I actually bought a Nissan then clearly that would be clickbait. Click worthy thumbnails to me are accurate to the content and enticing to a potential viewer.
Yeah, clickbait is all about lying and deception. It's where you promise one thing in your thumbnail/title, then the video is about something completely different. Click worthy is simply telling the truth, keeping a consistent message in your thumbnails, titles and videos' content.
What's tricky is people's perceptions. Point blank: People are selfish. They think they are the center of the universe. Anything that doesn't make sense to them is labeled clickbait because they lack intellectual fortitude. In other words people misuse the word clickbait all the time. Whenever a video doesn't fit their definition of the universe, they call it clickbait just because they have no life.
Clickbait in my opinion is using visually deceptive methods to bait people into clicking your video. Objectifying women as a piece of meat because men like bikini clad women, knowing that the only reason they’re watching the video is because if the bikini girl on the thumb and they couldn’t care less about your actual content.
Or using over the top images, again, in a deceptive manner, to entice a click. Making people think something horrible has happened in the thumbnail, or deliberately making drama just for a click.
Click worthy for me is using mystery, surprise and excitement to entice someone to click a video because they’re excited to see the rest of the video. In a way, you CAN use clickbaity methods which i’d Owise thing are unethical, in an ethical way.
I’ve been subscribed to a tech channel, the guy is very family orientated, and he;s started using a bikini girl in his thumbnails to get views it’s only using women for one thing which goes against his usual family friendly computer videos which really disappointed me.