Later “Reels” were renamed to “YouTube stories” and now YouTube’s version of story is rolling out for eligible creators. At the beginning of launching this feature, only creators with 70000 subscribers could use it but the story feature is expanded and now it is available for creators with 10000 or more subscribers. YouTube has not mentioned if the feature will be available for all users, and if it will, when it would be.
The new creation tool includes lots of interesting decoration facilities like video trimming and adding text, filter, music or stickers to stories, similar to other platform’s story version.
Considering the issue that creator’s edited videos can take times to be ready for publishing on channels, now with stories available they would have the chance to interact with their fans easier and more casually at any time they want.
YouTube stories VS Instagram and Snapchat stories, what are the differences?
YouTube Stories have some same characteristics with other apps providing temporary stories, but there are some differences too.
YouTube stories last for 7 days rather than 24 hours. They are visible for both subscribers and non-subscribers viewers. Stories will appear in the “Up Next” sidebar next to videos for non-subscribers and on Subscriptions tab for subscribers.
Fans can comment or ask questions in stories and creator can address each comment and their response would be seen by anyone who check the story. Also viewers can express feelings and reactions to comments by “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” and “heart” same as commenting tool of YouTube website uploaded videos.
Comments on a story will expire with the story after 7 days. Although according to YouTube help center, creators will be able to see them for 30 days in YouTube Studio.
How to use YouTube stories feature?
YouTube stories are only available via YouTube’s mobile application and for users with up to 10000 subscribers.
- Download the latest version of Android or iOS application.
- Open the YouTube mobile app
- Tap on the camera icon.
- Select “Create Story.”
- Tap and hold the capture button at the bottom of the screen to take a new photo or video, or tap the camera roll icon to import an existing photo or video.
- Add extra elements as you wish, such as stickers, text and drawings, by tapping the appropriate icons
- Then tap post.
The story would be shared on your channel.
How to Respond to comments on a YouTube story?
You can respond to comments in your story by following the steps bellow.
- Go to your story
- Tap the Comments icon .
- Below the comment you like to reply, tap “Reply in Story”.
- Record a video or photo as your reply.
- Tap post.
How to delete a YouTube story ?
By following the steps bellow you can delete a YouTube story before it automatically disappear.
- Tap your Stories icon to load your current Stories.
- Tap the three dots in the story you wish to delete.
- Tap delete.
- Confirm the removal warning message.
YouTube seems to hope to prevent it’s users to point their fans to Instagram for instant and short videos with making temporary short video posting available on it’s app.