Bad News! YouTube Stories shutting down from June 26 as Google shifts to Shorts

YouTube Stories is shutting down effective from June 26, 2023 as Google looks to boost YouTube Shorts.

| Updated on: May 27 2023, 14:12 IST
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1/6 Telegram has attained the 5th position in the list of most downloaded apps worldwide with a surge in the number of downloads when compared with the previous year. Cumulatively, Telegram now has more than 100 million downloads. (Pixabay)
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2/6 According to the Sensor Tower report, the worldwide app installs reached nearly 37 billion on the App Store and Google Play. While being in the top 5, Telegram even surpassed Snapchat and YouTube downloads. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Among all these, TikTok topped the charts with over 3.5 billion downloads, while Instagram got second spot. Facebook and WhatsApp followed. (Pixabay)
4/6 Broadly, Telegram is the 5th most downloaded app worldwide as well as the fifth most downloaded social media app. The top 5 spots in the list are covered by all social media giants. (Bloomberg)
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5/6 However, worldwide downloads on Apple App Store for Telegram are not that impressive as it couldn't even manage to come into the top 10 list. It got into 11th spot. On Google Play Store, Telegram got 6th position after Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Shopee, and WhatsApp. (Pixabay)
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6/6 Of course, TikTok app topped the charts with over 3.5 billion downloads and became the fifth such app till now to cross this major milestone. (Pixabay)
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YouTube stories will be discontinued from June 26, 2023. (MINT_PRINT)

As google shifts priorities, it has announced that YouTube Stories is shutting down. This feature is similar to Snapchat and Instagram's disappearing messages. YouTube stories will be discontinued from June 26, 2023. Launched in 2018, Stories allowed creators to share behind-the-scenes updates, vlogs, and quick posts.

The decision to remove YouTube Stories was influenced by mixed feedback from users and creators, who found it lacking essential features like swipe-up and video linking. YouTube observed that Stories had lower adoption rates compared to community posts, which generate more comments and likes.

As Stories come to an end, YouTube will prioritise community posts and YouTube Shorts. The platform has expanded access to community posts, incorporating popular elements from Stories, including editing tools and expiring posts after 24 hours. YouTube states that community posts consistently generate more engagement than Stories.

YouTube spokesperson confirmed that the focus on Shorts has been driven by the format's growing popularity among creators. The company aims to support creators' success by investing in tools that connect them with their audiences across various formats.

Creators who frequently use Stories will be notified about the discontinuation via YouTube Studio, Help Center content, and a Creator Insider video. After June 26, new Stories cannot be created, but existing ones will remain live for seven days.

YouTube assures users of its commitment to developing new and innovative tools to facilitate creator growth. The platform's future vision revolves around investing in features that show the most promise for user engagement, including Shorts and community posts.

In short, YouTube's decision to discontinue YouTube Stories demonstrates a shift in focus towards more engaging formats like YouTube Shorts and community posts. By investing in these tools, YouTube aims to support creators and enhance user engagement on the platform.

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First Published Date: 27 May, 14:11 IST