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Engage with viewers in the Community tab

Creators with access to the Community tab can interact with viewers using rich media from the Community tab. Community posts can include polls, GIFs, text, images, and on-demand video. Community posts help provide additional reach on YouTube and greater engagement with your audience. They always appear on the Community tab, and may appear in Home or the Subscriptions feed.

Note: To be eligible to use Community, your channel must have more than 10,000 subscribers. Learn how viewers can respond to your posts.

If your channel has been selected for the Community tab but you don't see it, you'll need to enable the custom channel layout. You can change these settings from your computer by following these instructions. The custom layout must be enabled for the Community tab to be visible.

Sign in to YouTube on a computer to follow the instructions. 

Create a text post

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Enter your post in the text field.
  4. Click Post.

Create an image or GIF post

Keep in mind that all images must follow YouTube Community Guidelines.

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Below the text field, click the image icon
  4. Select an image or animated GIF from your computer. 
  5. Click Post.

Create a video post

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Below the text field, click the video icon
  4. Choose a video using one of these options:
    • Search for a YouTube video.
    • Paste in a YouTube video URL.
    • Select a video from your YouTube channel.
  5. Click Post.

When you create a post that shares a video by another creator, a notification may be sent to the original uploader of the video. This helps creators acknowledge when other creators are sharing their videos.

Note: To ensure your viewers don't see the same content multiple times in their Subscriptions feed, Community posts featuring a video which is already in their Subscription feed might not show again.

Create a poll

  1. Click the account icon  and select My channel.
  2. Click the Community tab.
  3. Click the text field, then click on the poll icon .
  4. Enter a question in the text field. 
  5. Enter answers in the "Add option" fields.  
  6. If you need more answer fields, click +Add another option and enter the question(s) and answer(s).
  7. Click Post.

Note: Poll options can be 65 characters max.

Add hearts to favorite comments

You can use a heart icon  to show appreciation for a viewer's comments on your Community tab comments, in addition to comments on the watch page. 

  1. Navigate to a Community tab post.
  2. Look for the heart icon  next to the thumbs up / thumbs down icons.

Viewers will see your avatar with a small red heart on the lower left and receive a notification (depending on viewer opt-in settings on desktop and mobile) that a channel owner "loves your comment."

Access to the Discussion tab

The Community tab replaces the Discussion tab. Comments from the Discussion tab can be accessed in the activity log and will be available for 30 days after your account gets access to the Community tab. 

To access the activity log, go to www.youtube.com/comments.

How notifications work

Viewers will occasionally get Community post notifications if they are opted into bell notifications (either "All" or "Occasional") and have selected to "Include creator posts."
Viewers may opt out of post notifications by unchecking "Include creator posts" or by selecting "None" in the bell settings.
We may occasionally send post notifications to viewers who are not subscribed but frequently watch videos from your channel. To learn more about viewer notification settings, click here.
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