November 14, 2022: The New Live Q&A Tool
YouTube rolls out a new Live Q&A tool to help users host dedicated question and answer sessions during live streams. When users find a question they want to discuss, they will be able to pin it at the top of their stream’s chat so that the audience knows what they are talking about. Besides, users also can pin another question to replace the former one to move on. Update YouTube now to enjoy the new feature!
September 13, 2022: An Ad-Free YouTube Video Player for Education
YouTube is going to update a series of new features for users who use the platform for educational content, including an embeddable video player for education apps that removes ads, external links, and recommendations so viewers can avoid distractions. Besides, YouTube also announced some new tools for creators to help them produce educational content. And next year, creators will be able to make free or paid courses for their audiences.
September 5, 2022: YouTube Outlined Plans for the US Midterm Elections
YouTube has removed a number of videos about the U.S. midterms that violate its policies, including videos that make false claims about the 2020 election. The platform also prohibits inaccurate videos on how to vote, and videos inciting violence. Moreover, YouTube has updated a series of features to help users know more clear information about the midterm elections, including directing voters to an information panel about voting, a link to Google’s “how to vote” and “how to register to vote”, and reminders on voter registration and election resources. Update now to know more about the election.
August 2, 2022: Enjoy 3 Months of YouTube Premium
Users in the United States who have activated a Google One account before December 31, 2021 can now subscribe to YouTube Premium for 3 months for free. But users who have subscribed to other Premium services such as YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium won’t be able to participate in this new event. And users can cancel their subscription before it is over.
July 1, 2022: Cancel the Option of Hiding Subscriber Counts and Further Prevent Impersonation
YouTube is now disabling the option of hiding subscriber counts so that spammers can no longer impersonate popular creators in comments. Moreover, YouTube decides to limit special character use in channel names to protect the originality, with a stricter comment moderation to prevent inappropriate comments and spam.
June 16, 2022: New Corrections Feature
YouTube introduces a new feature named “corrections” that lets creators easily add more obvious corrections. After a video has been uploaded, creators can add corrections that will appear as infocards in the top right-hand corner of a video at the relevant timestamp. Viewers can then click on the card to expand the correction notes in the video’s description.
June 8, 2022: Custom Tarot Card Experience
YouTube has announced a new, customized tarot card reading experience, which uses popular YouTubers as characters on its tarot card displays. To celebrate the tarot card community, we partnered with some of your favorite creators and artists to bring you a personalized tarot experience.
June 6, 2022: BTS And YouTube Unveil MyBTStory Challenge
The BTS announced the #MyBTStory challenge in partnership with YouTube, starting on Friday and running through July 9, exclusively on YouTube Shorts.
May 25, 2022: YouTube Analytics Now Separates Data By Video Type
YouTube is rolling out an update to analytics reports that will benefit content creators who make videos in different formats. You’ll now be able to see the total number of video views for each type of content you publish to your channel. You can compare views of regular videos, versus Shorts, versus livestreams to see which type of content is driving the most engagement for your channel.
May 23, 2022: New Features Including Most Replayed, Video Chapters, Single Loop and More
YouTube is rolling out several new features to provide viewers with a better watching experience, which is available to all YouTube users across desktop, iOS and Android platforms.
· Most Replayed: Users can use it to easily locate and watch the most replayed parts of a video. YouTube viewers will be able to see a subtle gray graph as they scrub through the video using the red playback progress bar. If the graph is high, then that part is the “most replayed” part.
· Video Chapters: a segmenting tool to smart TVs and gaming consoles. This feature allows users to jump forward to a particular section of a video or easily rewatch that section.
· Single Loop: allow users to repeat an individual video endlessly. To access this feature, users need to select the option from the same menu where you can adjust the video quality, turn on captions and more.
· More detailed information: a new panel will appear to display information about the video in full-screen mode. The video description, video chapters and comments will be shown.
May 10, 2022: YouTube Is Launching Gifted Memberships In Beta
YouTube is launching beta versions of its gifted memberships, which will apply to certain channels. With the gifted memberships, your channel members can buy memberships in a single purchase, then YouTube will give them out to the viewers in your live stream. Viewers who receive a gifted membership get one month of access to your channel membership perks, such as loyalty badges, custom emoji and more.
May 5, 2022: YouTube Go Is Shutting Down In August
Google announced this week that YouTube Go, which downloads and saves videos for later offline viewing, will be shut down starting this August, allowing users who don't have ready access to the Internet to still watch videos on the platform. After YouTube Go closes, users will be able to continue to use the offline video feature through a premium subscription.
April 18, 2022: 15 Live MLB Games
Youtube has renewed the streaming pact with Major League Baseball to stream 15 games during the 2022 season. The game will premiere on May 5, starting with the Washington Nationals versus the Colorado Rockies. This year, users can also chat with MLB superfan YouTube creators, check out real-time stats and re-watch key plays with Youtube app.
April 14, 2022: Coachella live streams
From April 15 to April 25, Youtube will livestream the two-weekend music festival Coachella Festival, which features live performances, artist interviews, mini documentaries and more. The first weekend of the festival starts April 15 and runs through Monday evening, April 18. The livestream program includes live performances, artist interviews and replays. YouTube will also offer a Coachella Curated experience on the second weekend of the music festival from April 22 to 24.
April 11, 2022: New sharing option
Youtube is partnering with Snapchat to launch a new feature that allows users to share YouTube videos directly to Snapchat Camera, making video link-sharing much easier for its users. With this new feature, users can simply open any YouTube video they want, tap the “Share” button and choose the Snapchat icon to share the video. They can also create an original Snap with the automated YouTube sticker and creative layers by using Snapchat's creative tools.
March 28, 2022: Free, ad-supported TV shows available
YouTube will for the first time stream free, ad-supported TV shows, including a series of famous TV shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Andromeda” and old series like “Father Knows Best”, “That Girl”, etc. It plans to add to its free streaming collection up to 100 more titles each week, including both shows and movies. YouTube will initially offer its American users access to more than 4,000 free TV episodes, which will be available for them through the web browser, on mobile devices and on connected TV through the YouTube TV app.
March 17, 2022: Video Transcriptions On Android App
Tired of watching long videos? YouTube has launched a new feature to its Android app, which is video transcriptions. With this new feature, users can click on the “Show Transcript” button found below a video’s expanded description, without the need to be sitting in front of a computer to scroll through a script. You can scroll through a full script on your smartphone, either to read along with a video or to jump directly to a timecode. The only disadvantage of this for now is that it doesn’t have the ability to directly search through lines and it’s not available for everyone just yet.
March 7, 2022: Grants for Podcasts
To compete against giant podcast hosts like Apple and Spotify, YouTube is offering podcasts grants to produce more videos. Individual show creators would receive $50,000 while podcast networks would receive $ 200,000 or $ 300,000. Although these grants wouldn’t secure any exclusives, YouTube would give creators more incentives to make podcasts available on the platform and fans more incentives to choose YouTube.
February 22, 2022: Live streaming rings
YouTube is adding a new indicator to show when a channel is live streaming on the platform. A ring with the word “Live” is shown around a channel’s profile picture when they’re live streaming, which you can tap to jump straight into the broadcast. This new feature makes it easier to find live content as you browse YouTube.
February 14, 2022: YouTube is determined to build more creator tools
YouTube plans to double down on building more tools for creators this year overall. There are many planning updates to grow the connection between creators and their fans while giving creators a new way to make money:
NFTs, which are used to help manage a community of common interests, help artists mint and sell their own work in a verifiable way and so on.
Introduce shoppable videos, Live Shopping and more shopping opportunities across YouTube.
Collaborative live streaming, where creators can go live together on interactive streams.
New video effects and analytics for creators, which first helps to enhance their work and then to figure out whether people like what they are seeing.
Better Design: It’s very clear that the new YouTube app has some great improvements compared to the last version. Thumbnails for videos are well-designed and rightly placed.
Hidden Slider Menu: On the interface of the new YouTube app, you will find a menu icon in the upper left corner. You can slide it to the right to see your menu.
Fast and Smooth: The new YouTube app brings a smooth transition from page to page. You can tap your fingers to feel every movement.
Better Sharing Options: Now you can share anything on YouTube with your friends and family on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or via text and email.
Better Search Functions: The improved search function of YouTube helps you find the videos you’re looking for in a much faster way. The automated suggestions will pop up in the search result.
Do You Know?
More than 6 billion hours of video are watched every month on YouTube.
Over 1 billion unique users visit YouTube every month according to recent research of 2016.
The longest video on YouTube created by Jonathan Harchick is 571 hours, 1 minute, and 41 seconds.
Gangnam Style is the most watched and liked video. It is said that it broke their views counter which had to be programmed again.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, and Jawed Karim. They registered the domain name in February 2005 and officially launched the site in December of that year.
In October 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks - just 18 months after YouTube’s creation. Karim received $66 million in Google stock, Chen received $310 million, and Hurley received $334 million.