YouTube is just over ten years old. That's about the time that a global and ubiquitous web service oughta straighten up and stream right, throw off adolescent comforts and maybe start considering some branch-off services, like Music or Games. The development team has decided to release news of upcoming features in that time-honored and totally not aggravating format, the video list. The following is specifically for "creators" (read: people who upload regularly and/or try to make money with videos), but some of the information is interesting for mobile users.
If you don't have four and a half minutes to spend watching for the new stuff, here's a breakdown in the old-fashioned and completely dead text format. You Philistine.
- Comments: Google is filtering YouTube comments in a more effective way, sending junk and spam below the visibility line. A 30% decrease in the amount of comment "dislike" actions is reported.
- Mobile subscriber notifications: an upcoming opt-in feature will send alerts to subscribers whenever a new video is published, as opposed to an email or an alert when YouTube is opened.
- New types of pre-rendered "cards" to display while videos are playing: this will probably only show up on the desktop, at least initially.
- Subscriptions, and presumably the buttons to activate them, will be getting more visible on the YouTube Android app in a future update.
- Mobile Creator Studio: this uploader-focused app is getting more analytics and new contextual information in a future update.
- Video uploaders will be able to adjust video thumbnails and monetization settings from the Creator Studio Android app.
- 360-degree videos will be getting a 3D upgrade soon.
- YouTube Gaming: a stand-alone app, a la Twitch, is coming to highlight livestreaming game videos.
- Creator community: YouTube will be adding a forum and/or social network area specifically for Creators to collaborate and share insights.
- Creator Academy: YouTube's tutorial area was recently given a visual update and some new lessons.
There's nothing earth-shattering in these revelations, but we'll probably start seeing some of the mobile changes in the next few weeks, in our app teardowns if not in the user-facing changes.