YouTube announced Tuesday the introduction of its latest feature designed to add a social networking feel to the sprawling video sharing service.
YouTube Community will allow video creators to engage with viewers using text posts, live videos, images and animated GIFs.
The goal of the new feature is to help creators connect with their audience on one platform, without having to turn to other social networking sites.
Viewers will be able to see your posts in the Subscriptions feed on their phones. They can also opt into getting a notification anytime you post.
Beta access to Creators
YouTube has been testing the service with several creators over the last several months to gain feedback, according to Tech Crunch.
Those creators given access to the Community beta version include:
The VlogBrothers, AsapSCIENCE, The Game Theorists, Karmin, The Key of Awesome, The Kloons, Lilly Singh, Peter Hollens, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Sam Tsui, Threadbanger, and Vsauce3.
WATCH | The VlogBrothers told Tech Crunch they will likely use the Community tab to tell their fans about upcoming events.
The Community feature is just for testing as of now. The full rollout will likely happen months from now, but YouTube has not released a specific date.