Youtube's Community Social Network Allows Creators to Interact with Fans
YouTubers, content creators, are now able to better communicate with their followers and subscribers in YouTube's latest update: YouTube Community. Instead of just interacting via the comments section per video, creators now have a way to interact better via live texts, still images, animated GIFs and more!
Hank Green, a popular content creator, had this to say "Something as simple as, 'I'm going to be playing a show in San Francisco.' I can't make a video about that. I can tweet about it and put it out on Facebook, but I can't reach my YouTube audience."
This captures the essence of what this new social media hub offers YouTube. Content creators no longer have to go to separate media networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to give their fans a heads up. No need for silly one minute video updates that become rather redundant in the larger scheme of things.
It goes beyond this, though. It creates a better quality of experience for both creators and fans. Posts made by the creators in this new update can still be commented on, but fans can no longer reply to other fans' comments, curtailing any shady or trollish tendencies that any comments section every can take. It also serves to highlight that not all interaction is negative, and that in this way, positive interaction can flourish between YouTuber and viewers.
According to Mashable, here are content creators that are participating in the beata: Other creators YouTube enlisted to test out the beta include: AsapSCIENCE, The Game Theorists, Karmin, The Key of Awesome, The Kloons, Lilly Singh, Peter Hollens, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Sam Tsui,Threadbanger and VSauce3.
For viewers, it's as simple as going the new Subscriptions tab to view posts by their favored content creators and idols. There's even a nifty choice of turning on notifications for specific YouTubers that the users wish to follow so that you won't miss a thing!
So if there's someone out there on YouTube you're stoked to watch, it's that much easier to keep in touch, without having to leave YouTube itself. Pretty handy, this.
Stay tuned for more updates! Word is that polls are in the works for YouTube Community, as well. Here's to hoping it makes interactions and the YouTube experience that much better.