YouTube is Now Testing a Stories Feature

The Reels feature is part of a wider effort by You Tube to expand its Community ¿ an area of the site that is only accessible to creators with over 10,000 subscribers who can share polls

We learned that you want the flexibility to create multiple Reels and have them not expire so we’ll give you those options

After Snapchat, Instagram, and Skype, Google has joined the ongoing trend of Stories by bringing Reels to YouTube.

The creators will also be getting some other features with "Reels" such as linking to YouTube videos and using "YouTube-y" stickers.

Google hasn't revealed much about how it is planning to implement Reels on YouTube. YouTube is initially experimenting with a beta version of the new feature "to learn and improve" its functionality before making it available to a large number of YouTube creators worldwide. YouTube is also integrating features already available on Community for Reels.

As per the reports of TechCrunch, Reels would be provided with a separate tab which would be distinct from the YouTube's main list of videos.

In August 2016 Instagram released a near-perfect copy of Snapchat Stories in the form of Instagram Stories
YouTube is Now Testing a Stories Feature

Users will also be allowed to add custom music and text and can engage with the Reels by giving them a thumbs up or a thumbs down, similar to YouTube videos and comment on them.

However, YouTube's Reels don't expire after 24 hours, and can be kept forever or organized into folders for different events and projects. After the said duration, Stories disappear from their accounts. "Reels" come few days after the arrival of the "pinch-to-zoom" feature in YouTube. "We learned that you want the flexibility to create multiple Reels and have them not expire, so we'll give you those options", notes the blog post. Reels is now in beta mode and the final product is expected to launch soon, but after proper experimentation.

YouTube is now unveiling a new tool called Community that will be open to creators with more than 10,000 subscribers.

According to TechCrunch, Reels will be given their own tab in the YouTube mobile app. Your most engaged viewers can now see Community posts in the Home feed, whether they're subscribed to your channel or not. There, channel owners can interact with and update fans with text, photos, polls, and other non-video posts.

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