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YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users

YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags — either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these actions would return a mix of content related to the hashtag, but not only those videos where the hashtag had been directly used. Now that’s changing, as YouTube has fully rolled out its new “hashtag landing pages.”

Going forward, when you click on a hashtag on YouTube, you’ll be taken to a dedicated landing page that contains only videos that are using the hashtag. This page is also sorted to keep the “best” videos at the top, YouTube claimed. The ranking algorithm, however, may need some work as it’s currently surfacing an odd mix of both newer and older videos and seems to be heavily dominated by Indian creator content, in several top categories.

The result, then, is not the equivalent to something like a hashtag search on a social network like Facebook or Twitter, for example, where more recent content gets top billing. For that reason, it may be difficult to use these hashtag landing pages for discovery of new videos to watch, as intended, but could still serve as an interesting research tool for creators looking to better leverage the hashtag format.

For instance, you may find that the #interiordesign hashtag is a crowded place, with 8,400 channels and 29,000 videos, but a niche hashtag like #interiordesignlivingroom has under 100 channels and videos. If people began to use hashtags regularly to seek out videos, using narrowly targeted tags could potentially help creators’ videos be more easily found.

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The hashtag landing pages are accessed through clicking on a tag on YouTube, not by doing a hashtag search. However, if you want to go to a particular hashtag page directly, you can use the URL format of youtube.com/hashtag/[yourterm]. (E.g. youtube.com/hashtag/beauty)

We’ve noticed, in testing the feature, that there are not hashtag pages for some controversial terms associated with content YouTube previously said it would block, like QAnon and election conspiracy videos, such as #stopthesteal.

The feature itself was first announced through YouTube’s Community forum earlier this month, where it was described as a new way that YouTube would “group content together and help you discover videos through hashtags.”

On Tuesday, YouTube noted on its “Creator Insider” channel that the feature had been fully rolled out to 100% of all users. (The video’s creator, however, misspoke, by saying you could “search” for hashtags to reach the new landing page. That is not the case today.) The hashtag landing pages are available on both desktop and mobile.

 

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/21/youtube-launches-hashtag-landing-pages-to-all-users/
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How to Watch YouTube Picture-in-Picture in Safari on Mac

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The dedicated Picture-in-Picture (PiP) button makes it quite easy to play videos in a floating, movable window on the Mac. Unsurprisingly, the YouTube player doesn’t support this feature. Thankfully, there’s a hidden way to watch YouTube Picture-in-Picture in Safari on Mac.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/706883/how-to-watch-youtube-picture-in-picture-in-safari-on-mac/
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YouTube Deletes Latest Trump Video, Suspends Account Through Inauguration Day

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YouTube has deleted President Donald Trump’s latest video over concerns that it could inspire violence, the video sharing site announced late Tuesday. Comments are being blocked on all of the president’s remaining videos and his account has been suspended for at least the next seven days. Notably, the inauguration of…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/youtube-deletes-latest-trump-video-suspends-account-th-1846047937
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YouTube suspends Trump’s account, disables comments “indefinitely”

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YouTube, following in the path of very nearly every other social media platform, is suspending President Donald Trump’s channel due to concerns that he will use it to foment additional violence in the coming days.

“After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies,” the company said late Tuesday. “It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days.”

While it is possible Trump may have his account reinstated after that period, comments to his videos are shut down “indefinitely,” due to “safety concerns found in the comments section,” YouTube added.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1734786
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Watch “11 New Features in Microsoft Teams for 2021” on YouTube

Microsoft Teams is working hard to compete with Zoom and other online meeting and communication apps. If you have Office 365, you probably already have a license. New features are being added and glitches corrected all the time, so if you haven’t already done so, checkout Teams.

This video review spotlights some of the newest and most useful features recently added to Teams.

An AI is livestreaming a never-ending bass solo on YouTube

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/ai-infinite-bass-solo-adam-neely-dadabots-161511111.html
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YouTube will remove videos disputing the 2020 presidential election

48493820-229d-11eb-b977-651ace7e5b08YouTube’s determination to curb election misinformation is extending to disputes over the results. The Google-owned service has started removing content uploaded from December 9th onward if it alleges that “widespread fraud or errors” altered the out…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/youtube-removes-videos-with-us-election-fraud-claims-154726251.html
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How to Download Your Own YouTube Videos

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Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14136323/download-your-own-youtube-videos
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YouTube adds new ways for channels to hype their ‘Premieres’

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/youtube-premieres-enhancements-213504538.html
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How to Record Shows and Movies on YouTube TV

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Recording shows and movies on YouTube TV is incredibly easy. Simply setting up a DVR recording will automatically save an airing of a movie or every episode of a TV show. Here’s how to get started.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/697987/how-to-record-shows-and-movies-on-youtube-tv/
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