YouTube is testing its own version of Stories

The Reels feature is part of a wider effort by You Tube to expand its Community ¿ an area of the site that is only accessible to creators with over 10,000 subscribers who can share polls

As part of the update, YouTube announced that Community will also now expand to creators with more than 10,000 subscribers. Not all the creators are receiving YouTube "Reels". First and foremost, it's called Reels, and it serves a similar function as film reels: store a variety of videos, created to be shorter than a typical YouTube upload, and make them easily accessible for viewers.

Reels isn't as blatant a rip-off of Stories as Facebook or Instagram's versions, but it does borrow several key features. They will not disappear after 24 hours or any other amount of time. Like Stories, YouTube publishers make reels by shooting short video clips straight from their mobile device. Also, Reels won't expire like Snapchat and Instagram Stories.

Google said it's also bringing creator-focused features like the ability to link to YouTube videos and add "YouTube-y stickers" to Reels. "Reels" come few days after the arrival of the "pinch-to-zoom" feature in YouTube.

Unfortunately, YouTube didn't share many details about Reels, mostly just saying that it will be in beta while the company learns about and ultimately improves the product. And YouTube will let users have multiple Reels - each with its own set of videos.

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You might be wondering what effect this will have on your day-to-day YouTube browsing.

YouTube will first experiment with a beta version of Reels before releasing it to all users. Reels are being tested among a small group of the site's creators, and the company isn't yet saying when this "new format" will be more widely rolled out.

Before you get too worked up about your subscription feed now being filled with video uploads and stories from every channel you're subscribed to, YouTube's showing some signs of restraint with how its take on stories is implemented.

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