YouTube adds NEW type of video called Clips – and it's just like Twitch
YOUTUBE has added a new type of video called a "Clip".
They're taken from live-streamed videos, and last anywhere from five to 60 seconds.
It's a combination of short-form videos like TikTok, and also the existing Clips feature on Twitch.
These clips are designed to be easier to share on social media.
And they're perfect for people who prefer small bites of content, rather than long videos.
It's also a handy way to view highlights of a long live-stream, which could last several hours in its full form.
Right now, it's limited to a few creators.
But eventually, creators and viewers will be able to make their own clips.
It's currently only available on desktop and Android devices, but will almost certainly roll out widely in the future.
What was the first YouTube video?
Here’s what you need to know…
- YOUTUBE'S first-ever video was uploaded 15 years ago – on April 23, 2005.
- It was a clip posted by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, marking the beginning of the website's rapid and unstoppable rise to internet dominance.
- The video is titled "Me at the zoo", and is geo-tagged to San Diego.
- In the clip, Karim gives a short speech to camera in very low video quality by today's standards.
- He's standing in a zoo talking about elephants, who can be seen in the background.
- YouTube's inaugural video has now been viewed more than 90.2million times.
- It's received nearly 3million likes and has racked up more around 5.3million comments.
- Karim met fellow YouTube co-founders Steven Chen and Chad Hurley while working at PayPal.
- The trio went on to create YouTube, although Karim was officially an adviser to the site – rather than being an employee.
- He remained relatively unknown until Google purchased YouTube in 2006.
- Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, which was worth roughly $64million at the time.
- Watch the clip here.
The addition of YouTube Clips is a big sign that Google is putting serious focus on live-streaming.
Clips won't be exempt from ads either.
If the original video is at least 30 seconds long, you could see an ad.
It's a clear bid to attract and keep video game streamers, and makes YouTube much more tempting as an alternative to Twitch.
In other news, we reveal how to delete YouTube videos.
Here's how to create a channel on YouTube.
And check out the recently-added YouTube feature Chapters.
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