YouTube Broadens Creators' Ability to Connect and Earn
YouTube is expanding the features offered to its top creators in an effort to help them put their fan base to use. First, it is adding Channel Memberships. Viewers can elect to pay a recurring monthly fee of $4.99 to their favorite YouTube channels to gain access to unique badges, new emoji, members-only posts, and other custom content published by creators. YouTube says its early tests of this model have been successful and it will soon offer Channel Memberships to creators with more than 100,000 subscribers. Creators will soon be able to offer custom merchandise. YouTube partnered with Teespring so creators can sell their fans t-shirts and phone cases with their logo or other graphics. Merchandise will be offered to all U.S. channels with over 10,000 subscribers. Last, YouTube is adding something it called Premieres. This tool lets creators publish a pre-recorded video as a live moment. As YouTube points out, its livestreams have brought people together for shared experiences. This tool makes it possible to craft "live" moments ahead of time. When the video is published, fans can show up and watch together with a live, real-time chat stream as the video is played. Creators can use the Super Chat feature with these premieres to earn more money. YouTube users, subscribers, and fans will have access to these features from their favorite channels over time.
Nov 29, 2017
YouTube is adopting a video feature that has already been duplicated across Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and others. Creators who have more than 10,000 subscribers will be able to post Reels, short clips that can be stitched together to make a longer video.
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Feb 7, 2017
YouTube today said users will soon be able to stream video live from their mobile phones. The video site already supports live streaming from PCs, and YouTube first promised to bring live streaming to phones last summer.
May 31, 2018
People who own the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ now have access to twice as many AR Emoji stickers. Samsung today pushed an update to the My Emoji Maker tool in its camera app, allowing people to make use of 36 custom AR Emoji.
Aug 1, 2017
Google today added a new tool to image search that should help clarify what type of content is available within the individual search results. Moving forward, people will begin to see small badges in the bottom left corner of image results that indicate what's behind the image.