YouTube Now Lets You Upload Public Videos Without Notifying Subscribers

By Megan O'Neill 

Late last night, YouTube announced the rollout of three new publishing features, designed to save creators time and give them more flexibility.  The features include the ability to publish public videos without notifying subscribers, the ability to add custom thumbnails while videos upload (for those that have the ability to upload custom thumbnails), and a brand new tags editor.  Read on to learn more.

Publish public videos without notifying subscribers

One of the most anticipated new features is the ability to upload public videos without notifying subscribers.  YouTube Upload engineers Johannes Leitner, Balazs Dezso and Duane Barlow write on the YouTube Creator blog, “We’ve heard many creators want to upload public videos that don’t notify their subscribers in their homepage feed, via email (for opted in subscribers, and in”

This feature is useful for all sorts of situations – maybe you’ve created a ‘behind the scenes’ clip that you want to link to from the main video through annotations, but don’t feel the need to spam all your subscribers with it, are uploading a video that is outside of your normal subject matter, or maybe you’ve uploaded a series of videos all at once that you want viewers to be able to navigate their way through without having your videos clog up their whole feed.

So how does it work?  While your video is uploading, you can now go to the ‘Advanced Settings’ tab and you’ll find a new set of ‘Distribution’ options.  Uncheck the ‘Notify subscribers’ box if you don’t want all of your subscribers to be notified about this upload (see image below).

Upload custom thumbnails right after you begin uploading

This new feature only applies to creators that have been cleared to upload custom thumbnails.  Back in August, YouTube announced that they were expanding custom thumbnails to more partners, but they are taking their time rolling this feature out.  Partners who have been active for 30 days and are in good standing are slowly but surely having custom thumbnails rolled out.

If you are one of the lucky partners that can upload custom thumbnails, you can now begin uploading your thumbnails earlier on during the upload process, rather than towards the end.

Simplified tags editor interface

Finally, YouTube has rolled out a simpler interface for managing video tags.  Leitner, Dezso and Barlow write, “Just type in the text for each tag, and either add a comma or hit enter.  This will store the text as a distinct tab.  Once the tag has been entered, the text will be surrounded by a blue box which indicates that the word or phrase you entered has been entered as a tag.”

Check out the video below to find out more and let us know your take on these new features?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.