Google often tests new features in an effort to increase user engagement on its video streaming platform YouTube. In order to rival Instagram and TikTok the company is currently testing a new feature where the YouTube Shorts comments can be converted into a separate new Shorts video. This feature is currently in the development phase and is available to a select number of Android and iOS users.
Soon, YouTube will be allowing users to take a comment from a video they’re watching and turn it into a Shorts video. This new feature is covered in more detail on the support page for the YouTube team.
“We’re running an experiment that enables mobile viewers to create Shorts featuring comments posted on videos they’re watching. While creators are already able to reply to comments (posted on their own content) with a Short, we want to explore offering viewers the opportunity to create content from comments as well. ” while explaining the feature the company said.
According to the company, the created short video will show up in the Shorts feed and on the viewer’s channel page. Viewer-created Shorts won’t notify either the comment’s author or the creator whose video it is. Creators can’t prohibit their comments from being featured in a Short unless comments on their video(s) are disabled.
As mentioned earlier the feature is under the developmental phase and the test feature (sometimes also called “betas” or “experiments”) is usually available for a short period of time and only for a small group of people. As per Google, the new YouTube Shorts feature is currently available to a small percentage of viewers on Android and iOS mobile devices across the globe.
Earlier this month YouTube also announced that it is testing AI-generated quizzes on its mobile platform. A select group of users will be able to observe the emergence of these AI-generated tests on your app’s home page. The quizzes will evaluate how well you comprehend a topic that was addressed in a recent video that you viewed. If you decide to take a quiz, a link to the most recent video you viewed will show up underneath it so you can quickly go back and watch it again to learn more.
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