YouTube Updates Annotations & Adds New Social Features

By Megan O'Neill 

YouTube has been busy fine-tuning the site, adding new features and responding to user feedback ever since they launched their major site redesign at the end of 2011.  Last month they rolled out updates to their Video Editor, Video Manager and Browse page.  This week they’ve announced their next set of new releases, including updated Annotations and some new social features.  Read on to find out more.


One of the biggest releases that YouTube announced this week are new annotations features.  There are a whole slew of new options in the Annotations Editor, including a new annotation type that lets you label areas of a video, an extended color palette, and a new timeline.  Rendering has also been optimized and they’ve made annotations more readable.  Want to learn more about YouTube annotations?  Check out our post on how to use annotations to maximize your YouTube success.

New Social Features


YouTubers can now share their Google+ profiles or Google+ pages on their YouTube channels.  Do promote your G+ profile or page, head to your channel page and click the ‘Edit’ button at the top right corner next to the section ‘About your Channel’.  You’ll now be able to add a big shiny Google+ icon, in addition to Facebook and Twitter icons linking to your social accounts.

Share Videos & Playlists In Your Channel Feed

You can now post a Channel Bulletin to share videos and playlists in your own Channel Feed.  You’ll see a “Post to Feed” box on the Feed tab of your channel.  From this box you can post a video or playlist link, along with a comment.  It will show up on your Channel Feed as well as in the homepage feed of viewers that are subscribed to your channel.

Updated Homepage and Channel Feeds Display

Finally, the Homepage and Channel Feeds have been updated.  The YouTube Team explains on the YouTube blog that, “The update focuses on three main changes: (1) the video title is more prominent for upload and sharing events, (2) aggregated events now feature a ‘+more’ button which will bring more attention to the event than the previously smaller notification and (3) adding videos to a playlist has a new cleaner styling.”  They posted the image below to illustrate the change:

What’s your take on these new features?  Are there any other features or updates you’d like to see from YouTube?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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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.