YouTube is making changes to its platform, with the removal of Stories as a feature. Starting from June 26, 2023, users will no longer be able to create new YouTube Stories, and any existing Stories will expire seven days after their original sharing date.
However, YouTube is offering alternatives that provide valuable audience connections and conversations. Community posts and YouTube Shorts have proven to be great alternatives to Stories.
Community posts are ideal for sharing lightweight updates, initiating discussions, and promoting YouTube content to your audience.
In fact, creators who use both Community posts and Stories have observed that posts generate significantly more comments and likes on average.
YouTube has recently expanded access to Community posts for millions of creators, incorporating popular aspects of Stories such as rich editing tools and the ability for posts to expire after 24 hours.
Creators can now engage with their audiences through features like polls, quizzes, filters, and stickers. Step-by-step instructions on how to create a Community post can be found in the Help Center.
For creators looking to create short video content or reach a new audience, YouTube Shorts is the recommended choice.
Among creators who use both Shorts and Stories, Shorts have proven to drive significantly more subscribers on average.
The Shorts camera provides a user-friendly experience with tools to add text, filters, and even remix existing content on YouTube.
Recently, YouTube introduced the ability to reply to comments with Shorts. The Help Center offers detailed instructions on how to create your first YouTube Short.
To stay updated and receive tips on creating Shorts, the YouTube Creators Channel is a valuable resource. Throughout the year, YouTube promises to introduce new features for both Shorts and Community posts, demonstrating their commitment to investing in innovative tools that help creators grow their audiences.
YouTube encourages creators to explore the various formats available, including Community posts, Shorts, live streams, and long-form content.
With these changes, YouTube aims to provide a more engaging and diverse platform for creators to showcase their talent and connect with their audiences.