YouTube Adds Community Tab for General Posts

Large YouTube channels not only post content and get a lot of views, but they tend to develop a community. These fans are able to help out, not just by sharing the video, but engaging both the creators and other fans in a meaningful way. This is great for many creators as better fans can benefit them as well. However, it has not always been clear how to do that. The Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green, have Nerdfighteria. This site is a general landing page for all of their activity and sports a message board.

However, this may be a lot of work for other channels. Do they want to take on the additional work of hosting a website and message board? Perhaps not, but they may still want a way to stay engaged with their fans even without a video. YouTube has a new tab for YouTube channels called the “Community” tab. It has just started rolling out to some channels.

The implementation is fairly straightforward. The channel owner is able to post discussion topics in posts, similar to Google+. These posts can have upvotes and downvotes, and users can respond through comments. These posts can contain not just text, but also images, gifs, and even live video.

While this is still rolling out to more channels, you can take a look at it now on a handful of channels including Vlogbrothers and The Kloons.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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