Report: YouTube’s ‘Backstage’ Will Add Social Networking Features

YouTube is currently developing a feature called Backstage that will allow creators to share photos, polls, links, text posts and videos with their subscribers.

YouTube is currently developing a feature called Backstage that will allow creators to share photos, polls, links, text posts and videos with their subscribers, according to a report from VentureBeat.

The feature will add a new Backstage tab to users’ channels, according to VentureBeat, and posts on this Backstage tab will be shown in reverse chronological order, and they will also be shown in users’ feeds and notifications. In addition, users will be able to share Backstage posts to other social networks.

According to VentureBeat, Backstage is expected to launch on mobile and desktop by the end of 2016. The initial launch will be for “select popular YouTube accounts,” VentureBeat reported, and it will have “limited features.”

Over time, YouTube plans to introduce a way for subscribers to reply to posts with “photos, videos and other types of comments,” VentureBeat reported, adding that users will also receive the ability to share Backstage-only videos with their viewers.

Readers: Are you excited to try YouTube’s Backstage feature?