YouTube has been testing for one a year a story-like format called “Reels” with a small group of creators. Eventually, on Thursday, YouTube announced the feature which is now called “YouTube Stories.”
Initially, YouTube Stories has been made available to all eligible creators with over 10,000 plus subscribers.
Unlike Instagram and Snapchat, YouTube Stories is designed for larger online personalities as another tool for helping interact with fans.
YouTube says creating Stories is “lightweight, easy, and fun” using the familiar fun creation tools.
Standard features of Stories include “adding text, music, filters, YouTubey stickers,” and more.
To get started with creating a story, a user first needs to open the YouTube app on iPhone or Android, then tap on the camera icon, and choose “Create Story.”
YouTube also has added other features over the past year based on the feedback including swapped out backgrounds without the need for a green screen thanks video segmentation technology created by Google Research.
And, same as other videos and live streams, there is a comment feature available in Stories.
Users can make comment, heart, thumbs up and thumbs down comments.
Also, the comment moderation tools that are available on regular video are also available on Stories.
YouTube allows creators to reply to a comment with a photo or video.
Unlike Instagram Stories, YouTube Stories once published will last for 7 days.
Subscribers can use the mobile app to see the Stories on the Subscriptions tab.
Those non-subscribers will see Stories on Home and in the Up Next list, which appears below the videos.
Excited, watch this video below to see how YouTube Stories works:
YouTube Creators can follow these steps to create a story:
- Login to YouTube, then tap on the video camera icon.
- Next, tap “Story.”
- Hold the capture button to record a video, or tap the capture button to take a snap.
- Or, simply select a video or photo from the mobile device.
Steps to respond to comments on a story:
- Head over to a story by selecting own avatar from the Subscriptions feed or on the Stories tab on the channel page.
- Then tap the “Comments” icon.
- Below the comment highlight in the next story, tap “Reply in Story”.
- Next, record a video or photo with the app.
- Finally, tap “Post.”Users are allowed to adjust the position and size of the comment sticker in the story after recording response by pinching and/or dragging with two fingers.,