YouTube Unveils Its Own Stories-Like Feature With 'Reels', Revamps Community

01 December, 2017, 06:37 | Author: Boyd Miller
  • YouTube Reels is the platform’s own version of Stories

In addition to Reels, YouTube channels with over 10,000 subscribers are getting the Community tab that was initially tested with 12 channels. Reels are now being tested among a small group of the company's creators and the video-streaming platform has not yet revealed when this new feature will be rolled out to the public.

After Snapchat, Instagram, and Skype, Google has joined the ongoing trend of Stories by bringing Reels to YouTube.

The feature, unlike stories on Snapchat or Instagram that is limited to one short video for a day, lets creators develop multiple stories that will last forever (at least, until the creator removes them from their channels). Just like Stories on other platforms, a creator can add any number of videos to their Reels.

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Talking about the YouTube Reels, it is a Stories like feature which allows users to post small videos clips. Creators can link to their other YouTube videos and enhance their work with stickers. Moreover, YouTube has also talked about its Community tab which now has over 10,000 subscribers.

TechCrunch explains the process of making Reels is as follows: you shoot "a few quick mobile videos of up to 30 seconds each" and can edit them with the filters or by adding music and text. On Snapchat, Instagram and other social platforms, Stories posted have an expiry time of 24 hours. That said, only if users start to "engage with Reels" will YouTube start considering placing them in your main home tab recommendations, according to TechCrunch.

YouTube is always touted as being about the community. You can also enable push notifications for Community posts to let your fans stay up to date with your announcements. The Community was introduced a year ago, aiming to make the platform bit more engaging for both creators and viewers. Notifications are also optimized so that users will not be spammed with every update.

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