YouTube-message-buttonYouTube has announced a new messaging system and improved comments coming to YouTube this week that it said will make life much easier for creators interacting with their fans.

Whether you’re Epic Rap Battles of History and swimming in feedback from fans, or you’re just starting up your channel, you can now connect with your fans faster and more easily through new messaging and commenting features rolling out this week. It’s part of our goal to give you everything you need to connect with fans around the world

Google shared a bit of what to expect from the new messaging system including threaded conversations that make it easier to keep track of ongoing conversations and a new “Send message” button on the “about” tab of channels. YouTube also noted “Your new messages section includes spam detection to filter out unwanted messages. Laterz trolls.”

The new messaging system will replace your old Inbox, but YouTube will continue to let you read and download messages from the old comment system over the next few months. Also arriving this week is a much improved comment system:

  • Fine-tune filtering: You can choose to view just comments from your subscribers, check for popular comments across your channel, or review comments for a specific video.
  • Easier comment review: Want to review comments that need approval? Find and check them all from one place on the comments page.
  • Search and ye shall find: Looking for comments on a specific topic? There’s now a search box to help you find comments that include the keywords or hashtags you’re looking for

You can expect these new features to roll out to all this week with the old inbox disabled for everything other than viewing emails as of yesterday.

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