GOOGLE will email all YouTube users about a major change to the app.
The tech giant will give all YouTube accounts an account handle – just like Twitter.
This means that each YouTube user has a unique handle that is displayed throughout the app.
This applies to YouTube videos and channels, as well as Shorts – TikTok’s rival.
An email is distributed to all users asking them to choose a handle.
However, the rollout is staggered, giving some users the opportunity to claim their handle first.
“We’re writing to let you know that YouTube will be rolling out handles in the coming weeks to make it easier for community members to find and connect with each other,” Google explained in an email seen by became The sun.
“Your name will be unique to your channel and will be the way people mention you in comments, community posts and more.”
Your place in the grip selection queue will depend on a variety of factors.
This could include your YouTube usage, activity, number of subscribers or more.
“We’re gradually rolling out the ability to choose a handle for all channels over the coming weeks,” Google said.
“And you’ll get another email and a notification in YouTube Studio when you get to choose yours.
“In most cases, if you already have a personalized URL for your channel, we’ve reserved that for you as your handle.
“If you want a different grip than the one we reserve, you can change it.
“If you don’t already have a personalized URL today, you can also choose a handle for your channel.”
As with Twitter, account handles start with an @ symbol.
And you can use these handles to tag other users in your videos.
It should also make it easier for people to find you on YouTube.
Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that you won’t get the grip you wanted.
“A handle can be unavailable for a number of reasons,” Google warned.
“In most cases, it’s either because another channel has already selected that handle, or it doesn’t follow our handle selection guidelines.
“You can select one of YouTube’s auto-generated handles or choose another available handle.”
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