YouTube Seeking Research Participants To Test New Features

By Megan O'Neill 

If you have monetized any of the videos on your YouTube channel then you may qualify to take part in a study, testing out new product features on YouTube.

Kasia Kotecka, Research Participant Recruiter at YouTube, writes on the YouTube Creator Blog, “Google is constantly striving to improve our products, and a large part of this is gathering feedback from our users.  Currently we are looking for YouTube partners interested in participating in a remote usability testing.  The main goal of this study is to test new product features to better understand your needs.”

In order to qualify you must be a YouTube partner.  If you’ll remember, back in April YouTube opened up their partner program to everyone, which means that you are a partner if you monetize some of your videos on YouTube.  In addition to being a YouTube partner with some videos monetized, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate, accept the terms of Google’s Usability Non-Disclosure Agreement, have a Google+ account (your session will be streamed through a Hangout), and be willing to have your session video- or audio-recorded.

The studies are scheduled to take place on July 30 and 31 and last for one hour, so you should have a quiet place to work on your PC or laptop.  If you are selected to participate, you’ll receive a $50 Amazon voucher.

YouTube has rolled out a lot of new features and designs over the past six months or so with mixed feedback from users, so it should be interesting to be among the first to take a look at what they’ve got in store for the future.  Think you qualify?  Sign up here to participate.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast 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.