Backstage may soon make YouTube a full social network with text and image posts

Backstage may soon make YouTube a full social network with text and image posts
A new report is claiming YouTube may have some major changes on the way as part of a project called YouTube Backstage. If the report is accurate, Google may be working towards its third attempt at a full fledged social network and rather than trying to build something new from the ground up, it may attempt to expand YouTube to be it.

YouTube is reportedly developing a feature called Backstage which would allow users to not only share videos with subscribers but also share photos, polls, links, and text posts. As you can probably tell, this would expand YouTube to be a full social network on par with others in terms of features. Backstage could launch as soon as the fall, but supposedly at least by the end of the year. However, as is Google's usual method, it seems there would be a slow rollout starting with select popular YouTube accounts and with limited features. 

Backstage allegedly would be a separate tab on a user's YouTube channel alongside Home, Videos, and Playlists, but they would appear in a subscriber's feed as well, which would make them highly visible but sounds like it could also make your YouTube subscriptions tab quite a mess without a way to filter it. 

YouTube Backstage could start out just as a way to keep the discussion about YouTube videos on the platform, but it could quickly expand to be a proper social network. Backstage would also feature so-called "rich replies" which would allow users to reply to posts with photos or videos as well as regular text. 

If this really does happen, it would instantly create the first real competitor to Facebook that we've seen because YouTube has 1 billion monthly active users. The report doesn't mention what this might mean for Google+ though. Google+ does still have solid activity in its communities, but general individual usage doesn't tend to compare to Facebook or Twitter. 

source: VentureBeat

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8 Comments

1. Fona13A unregistered

Please no. We tried making YouTube "more of a social network" before and we all know how that went. Screw you Google.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Not again. Google hasn't learned their lesson. At least Google+ was never popular nor making money, doing this on YouTube could cost them billions in revenue if this is done badly.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

what the f**k!!! google should stop these bulls**ts!!

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Kinda makes sense. Lots of people spend a great deal of time on YouTube...myself included.

5. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

seems awesome, youtube needs a overhaul, This doesn't sound like it's taking on fb or some garbage replacement for google +. This is making youtube more sociable which is a great idea

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

For some reason, I read "Backstage" as "Stagefright"... And, I was really confused for a second.

9. etuoyo

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Lol was exactly the same for me.

8. KingSam

Posts: 1496; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Social network? Hell no! But a proper comment interface with notifications and the ability to track comments on a separate tab would be nice. The comments section is garbage and that's all that needs work.

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