YouTube is killing stories according to reports. This means that YouTube users will not be able to post new stories starting June 26th.
YouTube is Killing Stories
YouTube is at the moment getting rid of Stories. This is a feature for those who don’t know that is used for temporary posts, beginning in June. Users will not be able to post Stories starting June 26th, and existing posts already made on the platform will expire after seven days.
Stories as you should know were first introduced to the platform back in 2017 under the name Reels and were then available to users with more than 10,000 subscribers. And very much similar to Instagram (which in turn then lifted the concept from Snapchat), YouTube Stories ultimately disappeared after a set amount of time. Creators on the platform could use Stories to post updates or behind-the-scenes content in a bid to promote their channel. But taking a look around today, it quite doesn’t seem to have caught on as access was limited, few creators seem to be regularly posting Stories, and the feature however does not get much promotion even from YouTube.
YouTube Wants Creators to Post Content to Other Parts of the Platform
And in the absence of Stories, YouTube wants creators to instead post content to other surfaces right on the platform such as Community Posts and Shorts. The company just recently expanded its access to Community Posts, which is a text-based updates feature, and then added the ability to have posts expire after a certain period of time. Creators on the platform can also share polls, quizzes, and images, as well as videos as Community Posts, which get to appear in a tab on channels.
YouTube Short Form Video Platform
YouTube has also for some time now been working just to funnel the popularity of short-form video into its own TikTok competitor, Shorts, and then trying to convince traditional long-form video creators to begin making shorter content as well. Back in February, the video streaming platform started sharing ad revenue from Shorts with creators under a revamped monetization plan.
And although many platforms have now adopted the story format that was first popularized by Snapchat, YouTube is not the first to axe its own version. Remember Fleets, which is the ephemeral posts on Twitter that were gone within a period of one year?
What is YouTube Short Stories?
YouTube stories as the name implies are short, mobile-only videos that let users to connect with their audience more casually and on the go. The short videos in question as you should know expire after 7 days on the YouTube platform. Stories are as well in beta and they are available to channels with more than 10,000 subscribers. For creators and channel owners on the video streaming platform, it may get to take up to 7 days for stories to show up after getting to 10,000 subscribers.
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