Better commenting coming to YouTube
Monday, September 30, 2013
Hear YouTube comments are
getting an upgrade
? In the coming days and months, you’ll get better moderation tools and your fans will get a better viewing experience because comments are turning into conversations that matter to them. Comments from you and people your fans care about will rise to the top of the conversation, and you’ll also be able to block specific key words, banish unwelcome voices and pre-approve people who contribute to meaningful discussions.
The features are ready and waiting for you to try on your channel discussion tab today and will roll out across all watch pages and mobile by the end of the year.
Here’s what you need to do to try out the new features today:
1. Connect your YouTube account to a Google+ page or profile:
2. Enable the discussion tab on your channel:
3. Try new features to engage your fans like
them in a comments or sharing
a video link
4. Set your
channel moderation preferences
to see how they work on your discussion
tab today. When the new comments roll out across YouTube, your moderation
settings will help you save time while improving the conversations around your videos.
After you give the new feature a try, drop in to our
YouTube/Google+ integration community
and send us some feedback.
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Introducing Top Fans
Friday, September 20, 2013
We know that behind every great channel are a set of dedicated fans, and we want to help bring you closer to your top fans. This year, at VidCon, YouTube announced the start of a Beta test for a feature called Top Fans — a set of tools to help YouTube creators identify, understand and interact with their most engaged and influential viewers. Today, we’re opening the feature to all creators worldwide with at least five thousand subscribers. If that’s you, check it out
or look for the new "Community" tab.
You’ll see the
, which shows a ranked view of your most engaged and influential viewers, updated daily. You can sort the table by engagement level (comments, likes and other public actions) or by number of subscribers, so you can find some potential collaborators! If you've connected your channel to Google+, you can also add viewers into circles and send them a message via Google+.
Speaking of circles, select the
to set up an initial Google+ circle of your Top YouTube Fans. Get a ticker of their latest engagement with your videos, making it easy to reply to their comments. See what other videos and channels they’re into, and reach out via Google+ to ask a question, start a conversation, share behind-the-scenes photos or upload a private video just for them.
This works even better if your fans are also following you on Google+. To help with this, we'll start prompting your top fans when they're watching your videos to follow you on Google+.
A big thanks to our wonderful set of creators who helped Beta test Top Fans. We got a lot of great feedback, and have already responded with some new features, such as the ability to sort the table by the date a viewer subscribed, the ability to click to see additional comments from a given fan, and new ways to help find people to add into your Top Fans circle.
This is just the beginning. We'll keep improving these tools, and would love your feedback. So give it a try and let us know what you think with the "Send Feedback" link. And tell your Top Fans we said hi. :)
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VidCon Round-Up: What's New
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Whew, what a week we all had at VidCon! It's an exciting time for you, the creator and your innovative, engaging and fresh content, YouTube, and the industry. For those who weren’t able to join us in Anaheim, don’t fret, here’s the full scoop of all the ways we’re investing in you that we announced at VidCon:
Start live streaming if you have 100+ subscribers:
All channels in good standing with at least a hundred subscribers will be able to
, within the next few weeks. Check your
page for an “Enable” button, and click it if you're interested.
Top Fans (Beta)
You can now identify your most engaged and influential fans, build a Google+ circle with these fans and then connect with them in various ways with Top Fans. Presently, this is available to only a limited set of creators with at least 5000 subscribers using the English language version of the site. You can opt in to the beta at
learn more in the help centre
Partner Rewards Silver Play Button
In recognition of your huge efforts in getting to 100,000 subscribers on your channel, we’re excited to announce that qualifying channels will get a Silver Play Button as part of our
YouTube Rewards Programme
. If this applies to you, be on the lookout for an email from the YouTube team in the coming weeks with instructions on how to redeem your Silver Play Button.
This Play Button will be given to all qualifying partners, including those who have previously received rewards, that are maintaining a subscriber base of between 100,000 and 1 million subscribers.
Help viewers watch more of your videos by placing them in a series playlist. When you group videos that belong together, we’ll show viewers the next episode from the series and a link to the whole playlist. Just mark your playlist as a “series” in the playlist settings. Only available for verified channels in good standing.
YouTube Audio Library
We’ve commissioned over one hundred instrumental tracks to be used by creators however and whenever they want. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!
YouTube Space New York
East Coasters, we’re excited to announce that we have a brand-new YouTube Space opening in Downtown Manhattan in 2014. More details coming soon.
The YouTube Team
So long, video responses...Next up: better ways to connect
Friday, September 6, 2013
Helping you connect with your fans is extremely important for you and for us. This includes replacing little-used features with better ones. Currently video responses have a click-through rate of .0004% -- in other words, only 4 out of every 1 million users who sees a video response clicks on it. So, on
we’re going to retire this little-used feature as we work to develop more effective fan engagement tools for creators. The team is focused on enabling you to share video links in comments. Doing this in comments will let creators and viewers add more context to a video, and more context should drive more engagement.
In the meantime, you can continue to encourage fans to upload videos with specific titles, hashtags or descriptions (e.g.,
Video Response To Taylor Swift's Video "22"
), so you can find these by searching for them. If you want to highlight them, you can use playlists and channel sections instead of displaying these videos below yours. Any video responses you or your fans have made will still be available and discoverable.
Also, to help your audience find more of your channel’s videos we recommend using features like I
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