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YouTube Expands Access to its Community Posting Tab Within Creator Channels



YouTube’s looking to provide opportunities for more creators to engage with their channel visitors by expanding access to its Community posts option, which provides another way for creators to interact and share with fans within the app.

YouTube Community tab

As you can see here, the Community tab, currently available to channels with over 1,000 subscribers, enables creators to post various update types, including images, GIFs, polls and even videos, within a dedicated engagement space in their channel feed.

Now, more channels will get access to the same, with YouTube reducing the subscriber requirement to access the tool. 

As explained by YouTube:

Starting October 12 2021, we’re lowering the eligibility for Community posts from channels with 1,000 subscribers to all channels with over 500 subscribers. For channels under 500 subscribers, we are working to bring Community posts to you in the future. Note: It may take up to 1 week to see the option to create Community posts after your channel passes 500 subscribers.” 

That will provide more capacity for creators to build community in the app, and while it is a seemingly lesser-used function within the broader YouTube experience, it does provide a whole new engagement opportunity for those looking to share additional updates, garner viewer feedback, and enhance their connection to their audience.

YouTube further notes that it’s been working to improve the Community posts experience over the past few months, by adding in new features like post metrics, multi-image updates and post scheduling.

YouTube Community tab

Really, it’s like a traditional social media feed within your YouTube channel, similar to someone visiting your Facebook Page and seeing all your latest posts, which they can then comment on, and even up and downvote, in the app.

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The true value of the option largely relates to your channel size, and what, specifically, you look to post. But it does provide another surface to refer your viewers to, where you can showcase specific elements, promotions, and other post types.

Finally, YouTube also notes that as a result of its expanded access to Community posts, it’s removing the Discussion tab for all channels from October 12th. The Discussion tab served a similar purpose as the Community panel, in enabling creators to post text-based updates for their audience, but with the Community Tab being a more advanced iteration of the same, it’s retiring the Discussion tab to make way for the change.


The only impact here is that the Discussion tab is available to channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers, so it will reduce access to these additional engagement features for smaller channels. But then again, as YouTube notes, it is looking to expand access to the Community tab further in the near future, so the impacts will be minimal in this respect.

You can read more about YouTube’s Community posting options here.


New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat’s Coming ‘Family Center’ Will Work



New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat's Coming 'Family Center' Will Work

Snapchat’s parental control options look close to launch, with new screenshots based on back-end code showing how Snap’s coming ‘Family Center’ will look in the app.

As you can see in these images, shared by app intelligence company Watchful (via TechCrunch), the Family Center will enable parents to see who their child is engaging with in the app, along with who they’ve added, who they’re following, etc.

That could provide a new level of assurance for parents – though it could also be problematic for Snap, which has become a key resource for more private, intimate connection, with its anti-public posting ethos, and disappearing messages, helping to cement its place as an alternative to other social apps.

That’s really how Snap has embedded its niche. While other apps are about broadcasting your life to the wider world, Snap is about connecting with a small group of friends, where you can share your more private, secret thoughts, without concern of them living on forever, and coming back to bite you at a later stage.

That also, of course, means that more questionable, dangerous communications are happening in the app. Various reports have investigated how Snap is used for sending lewd messages, and arranging hook-ups, while drug dealers reportedly now use Snap to organize meet-ups and sales.

Which, of course, is why parents will be keen to get more insight into such, but I can’t imagine Snap users will be so welcoming of an intrusive tool in this respect.

But if parents know that it exists, they may have to, and that could be problematic for Snap. Teen users will need to accept their parents’ invitation to enable Family Center monitoring, but you can see how this could become an issue for many younger users in the app.


Still, the protective benefits may well be worth it, with random hook-ups and other engagements posing significant risks. And with kids as young as 13 able to create a Snapchat account, there are many vulnerable youngsters engaging in the app.

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But it could reduce Snap’s appeal, as more parents become aware of the tool.

Snapchat hasn’t provided any further insight into the new Family Center, or when it will be released, but it looks close to launch based on these images.  

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