YouTube’s looking to provide opportunities for more creators to engage with their channel visitors by expanding access to its Community posts option, which provides another way for creators to interact and share with fans within the app.

YouTube Community tab

As you can see in this example, the Community tab, which is currently available to channels with more than 1,000 subscribers, allows creators to post a variety of update types, such as images, GIFs, polls, and even videos, within a dedicated engagement space in their channel feed, which is visible to all viewers.

More channels will now have access to the tool, thanks to YouTube’s decision to lower the number of subscribers required to use the service.

As explained by YouTube:

The eligibility for Community posts will be reduced from channels with 1,000 subscribers to all channels with more than 500 subscribers as of October 12, 2021. We are currently working on bringing Community postings to channels with less than 500 subscribers in the near future. Please keep in mind that it may take up to 1 week after reaching 500 subscribers before you have the opportunity to make Community posts on your channel.”

That will give creators more opportunities to engage with their audiences in the app, and while it may be a lesser-known feature within the broader YouTube experience, it does open up a whole new engagement opportunity for those looking to share additional updates, solicit viewer feedback, and strengthen their connection with their audience.

Moreover, YouTube states that over the last several months, it has been striving to enhance the Community posts experience by introducing new features like as post analytics, multi-image updates, and post scheduling.

YouTube Community tab

Really, it’s akin to a conventional social network feed inside your YouTube channel, similar to when someone visits your Facebook Page and sees all of your newest postings, which they can then comment on, and even up and downvote, within the application.

The actual worth of the choice is mainly determined on the size of your channel and the kind of content you want to publish on it. While not a replacement for your website, it does offer another platform to direct your visitors to, where you may highlight particular features, promotions, and other post kinds.

To wrap things off, YouTube adds that, as a consequence of its increased access to Community postings, the Discussion tab for all channels will be removed starting on October 12th. The Discussion tab served a similar function to the Community panel, in that it allowed creators to post text-based updates for their audience. However, because the Community Tab is a more advanced iteration of the same, the Discussion tab is being retired to make way for the transition to the Community Tab.

The main difference is that the Discussion tab is only accessible to channels with less than 1,000 subscribers, which means that smaller channels will have less access to these extra interaction tools as a result of this change. However, as YouTube points out, the company intends to broaden access to the Community tab in the near future, so the consequences will be minor in this regard.

You can read more about YouTube’s Community posting options here.