This Friday, YouTube announced something rare, good features for content creators. The popular video service is adding a new way for content creators to make money and manage their accounts when they aren’t at a computer. YouTube stated that they will roll out a slew of new features “in the coming months”, including a separate mobile app for managing channels, a way for fans to pay creators directly and crowd sourced captioning.
The director of creator product management Matt Glotzbach revealed that these new features are being implemented as a result of a survey conducted by YouTube two years ago to gather feedback from popular creators. He stated, “Your biggest request? You want to hear about new stuff we’re working on ahead of time, so you can tell us if we’re heading in the right direction. Well, you’re wish is our command.”
Glotzbach made this blog post including a video outlining all of the new features to come. The funding system which will allow users to pay their favorite content creators directly allows creators to become less reliant on ad revenue which has become inconsistent to say the least. Similarly, crowd sourcing captions are slated to be used for more than 60 languages.
After the Google+ incident last year, YouTube has also decided to improve the comment management system for creators as well as allow them to share revenue with musicians. YouTube is also expanding their Creator Academy, which provides advice to up and coming YouTubers who want to make it big on the website.