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YouTube Testing Membership Gifting Feature Starting Today Limited To Beta Users

The beta version of the option to give a YouTube membership will be testable until end of today

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YouTube Testing Membership Gifting With Beta Users | image illustration (SmarttechVillas)

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  • YouTube Experimenting Membership Gifts With Beta Users 
  • Gifted memberships on YouTube will go live in beta for a select number of channels today.
  • According to a Google webpage about the function, the beta membership giving tool would initially be available only to a “restricted range of producers.”
  • Gifting will initially be available exclusively to viewers using a desktop browser window.
  •  YouTube also plans to make gift memberships available on mobile devices once the service is fully implemented.

Gifted memberships on YouTube will go live in beta today for a local group of channels. For those who want to express their appreciation for their favourite YouTubers, they may purchase memberships, which are similar to Twitch’s subscriptions. For a while now, Twitch users have been able to purchase gift subscriptions for their friends, but YouTube channel subscribers have not.

Initially, the beta membership giving tool would only be offered to a “limited set of producers,” according to a Google website regarding the feature. However, before filling out this Google Form for interested channels, you must first be qualified to receive memberships, which come with their own set of benefits conditions. At first, gifting will only be accessible to viewers who are using a desktop browser window—YouTube hopes to make gift memberships available on mobile devices for the feature’s complete rollout.

Additionally, in order for viewers to earn free channel subscriptions, they will need to sign up for the programme (which could be a way to prevent harassment, like the changes YouTube made to its version of raids). To accept a gift membership, you must first click a link and then flip a switch in the chatbox that will display. Using a snapshot obtained from a YouTube GIF, you may get a sense of what the experience looks like:

YouTube membership Gifting
You have to click the toggle to activate and be able to receive gifted memberships. | image illustration/credit: YouTube (Smarttechvillas)

Memberships “Gifting allows channel subscribers to purchase a certain number of memberships [5, 10, 20] in a single payment, which YouTube will ‘give’ to other viewers in your live broadcast.” A month of access to your channel’s membership features like loyalty badges, personalised emoji, and more is given to viewers who get a gift membership from your channel. When viewers get gift memberships at no extra cost, you get your standard share of the money from each transaction.

YouTube’s newest Twitch features, including gifted subscriptions, were developed to compete with Amazon’s successful video streaming service. As well as competing with Twitch for users, YouTube has also lured several big Twitch stars like DrLupo, TimTheTatman, and Ludwig to broadcast exclusively on its platform. In a recent arrangement revealed only last week, Sykkuno signed on to stream exclusively on the network.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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