YouTube gets private messages and new web video sharing features

It is undeniable that many of us spend our free time on YouTube and share the videos we like with our friends or family. YouTube simplified the sharing process by adding an in-app messaging feature to mobile apps some time ago. And now it has arrived on the web. YouTube has started offering the same sharing and messaging features to users on the web, as seen in the app’s Activity tab.

Now when you access YouTube from your laptop or desktop, you will notice a new “chat bubble” icon to the right of the top header sitting between the notification bell and the apps icon. This opens the Messages window, which shows you the contacts you’ve sent videos or messages to from YouTube itself. Yes, it syncs with the app in real time and works like any other messaging service with separate web and mobile apps.

YouTube gets private messages and new web video sharing features

When you tap one of the contacts in Messages, a chat window appears at the bottom right of the window – similar to Facebook Messenger on the web. From here, you can minimize the chat window, which would stay there while you’re on the site. All videos shared in the chat can be played immediately with just one click.

YouTube gets private messages and new web video sharing features

YouTube also has has redesigned its “video sharing” user interface to allow you to easily send videos to anyone from their web platform itself.

Apart from the embed link and social media sharing options as before, you also get a list of your most recent contacts in a pop-up window. You can click on any of the contacts, write a quick message and press the “Send” button to share the video instantly.

YouTube gets private messages and new web video sharing features

So, with YouTube Messages, you have yet another way to reach your friends using Google’s services, if the many chat alternatives aren’t enough. All kidding aside, it’s mainly about increasing one-to-one interaction around YouTube videos, which was previously limited to the app. And it should also make it easier for users to upload videos, reducing the number of steps needed to share them.

Have you ever seen the YouTube messages and sharing feature? Let us know in the comments below.

Shirley K. Rosa