YouTube's shared and messaging system has a long history: after being tested privately for many months, it was launched in Canada and then became official for all in August 2017, and finally included with notifications in the new Activity Tab However, in spite of everything, it has remained as a mobile-only feature, available for Android and iOS users. If you were at your desk, you could not share a video with your YouTube contacts easily, see what they sent you or respond to your messages. That finally ends now.
A new icon to share is displayed in the YouTube title bar on the web, right between notifications and YouTube applications. When you touch it, the existing YouTube messages open and when you choose any of these conversations, it will scroll to the bottom right of the screen. You can scroll through the previous history of shared videos, write a message and read what has been said.
Lesson of the day, boys: after marriage, you share Dyson's cleaning videos with your partner.
This is not the only change, however. Sharing a YouTube video now shows a different interface, reminiscent of Android with its contacts in a scroll bar at the top, different insertion places and social media below, and the actual link just below that.
The change is not? It seems to be appearing for everyone. Of the members of the Android Police team that are awake now, both Richard and I can see it, but Cody does not have it yet. So it could be a limited test on the server side or it could be slowly extended to all.
On a personal level, I can not tell you how happy I am to see this feature being displayed on the web. My husband watches YouTube almost exclusively on the desk while I watch on my cell phone most of the time. Oh, the number of times he had to roll his eyes when I sent him a video and he could not open it on his computer, and then he replied: "That's stupid, tell Google!" As if he were Sundar's best friend. Finally, no more.
- Dimitris Boumparis