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What’s your favorite new YouTube feature?
Here are some of the cool things that were added to YouTube’s growing list of features last year:
1. Live streaming
YouTube finally jumped in on the bandwagon to cater to the growing demand for livestreaming. Live streaming on YouTube had a dedicated page where people could see ongoing broadcasts as well as clips to broadcasts they’ve missed. Not all accounts have been enabled for live streaming, but most of the top YouTube accounts are now enabled.
2. Video editing
YouTube rolled out an improved video-editing tool which content creators can use to edit their already uploaded videos without changing the IDs and starting over. Their stabilization feature is really good – I used it on a vlog shot on my iPhone for the AGayCollab channel when I was in Mexico and it made it look surprisingly smooth compared to the original.
2011 saw more YouTube partnerships between YouTube and content creators – it went from around 10,000 of us being full Partners to over 15,000. Many other accounts were offered full monetization privileges (without being full Partners) ,while others still were offered monetization on individual videos that were performing well.
4. YouTube Slam and Google + 1 Hangouts
YouTube introduced a new feature called YouTube Slam which allowed YouTubers to choose the next viral video that will be featured on YouTube’s homepage. YouTube also integrated its platform with Google+1, allowing users to hang out online with friends and watch videos together in real time.
5. A more intuitive algorithm
The introduction of Google Instant paved the way for a more improved search function on YouTube that filtered results according to relevance and relation to the videos you usually watch. The homepage also applied the same principle by automatically featuring videos that might interest you.
YouTubers who violated copyright rules on YouTube were given a chance to clear their name by enrolling in what was called the YouTube Copyright School. The campaign featured characters from Happy Tree Friends which educated YouTubers about Fair Use and copyright rules in a series of videos.
Those are six cool things that YouTube added to their feature-packed service last year. Can you think of some others? I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year!