When users click on YouTube thumbnails, they will be taken to YouTube to see the video. It is the company’s first major statement on this. See screenshot below, for example of a search for the generic term “dancing.” YouTube dominates.
From the company’s statement:
…YouTube, as we’ve stated previously, will remain an independent subsidiary of Google, and will continue to operate separately. Google will support YouTube by providing access to search and monetization platforms and, where/when YouTube launches internationally, to international resources. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and the rest of the YouTube team will continue to innovate exciting new ways for people to “broadcast themselves.”
Ultimately, we envision most user-generated and premium video content being hosted on YouTube so that it can further enhance the YouTube experience. We also envision YouTube benefiting from future Google Video innovations — especially those involving video search, monetization and distribution…