Five ways to improve your YouTube experience

YouTube has continued to evolve ever since it first appeared on our computer screens around 9 years ago, growing into a platform boasting high-quality entertainment that now rivals television and film.

However, YouTube has also introduced features that aren’t always necessary.

There are an increasing number of videos uploaded and watched on the site each day, which is making it difficult for new stars to stand out from the crowd. It’s also tough for viewers to keep up with their favourite channels, especially when YouTube’s subscription feed doesn’t always deliver.

Here at Tube Chum we want you to get the most out of your YouTube experience and have put together a collection of tips to help you out.

Clean up your channel subscriptions

Those with Twitter will know that the more your follow list grows, the harder it becomes to keep track of what everyone is saying. YouTube is no different.

The problem is that we can become very generous when it comes to subscribing to a channel and in some cases it can take just one funny video to convince us to click that button.

It’s time we started being more selective with our subscription choices to ensure our video feed only features the channels we really want to watch.

Ignore the YouTube comments

YouTube’s comment section is well known for being a hive for trolls and a flamewar battleground. It’s not a nice place, as our Troll Hunter series shows.

A couple of attempts have been made to tackle the issue, but although some problems have been dealt with, it’s still an unpleasant place to be.

There are better alternatives if you enjoy talking to other fans and the YouTubers themselves. Many video creators use both Twitter and Reddit to interact with their fan base and both of these platforms have proved popular.

See also: AlienTube – Free tool brings Reddit comments to YouTube

The Yogscast subreddit has become a big part of their community.

The Yogscast subreddit has become a big part of their community.

Use Twitter

There’s a reason why every successful YouTuber has a Twitter account and it’s not just to tell the world what they had for breakfast.

In some ways, Twitter has become even more important than an online star’s YouTube channel, as it’s a place where creators can communicate with their fans on a daily basis.

Twitter can be used to promote videos and upcoming events as well as to encourage fans to buy merchandise. It’s essentially a hub for everything you need to know about your favourite YouTubers.

If you have a feed full of all your favourite YouTube stars, then you’ll be less likely to miss any new videos and it’ll give you the chance to find out if any gatherings are happening in the future.

Go to gatherings and events

Although YouTube does have its problems, the website has always been a great place to find and meet many different people with similar interests.

YouTuber gatherings and events such as Summer in the City and Playlist Live are a great way to be surrounded by like-minded people.

These YouTube events offer the opportunity to meet your favourite video creators and even get involved in the videos themselves. Think of it as going to a concert to see your favourite band, or the premiere of a film you’ve been waiting to see for months. Such an up-close experience is something you’ll always remember.

Vidcon attendance is growing more and more each year.

Vidcon attendance is growing more and more each year.

Support your favourite channels

The majority of video creators on YouTube rely on advertisements to make their money, so simply by watching your favourite YouTube you’re helping them out somewhat.

It’s not all about money, though. Audience interaction and feedback is also important for any YouTuber to progress and learn.

Many YouTubers also encourage their viewers to interact with them in the comments or on Twitter, by answering questions or discussing topics that are covered in a video. Merchandise is also on offer most of the time. Don’t be shy about sharing your views and opinions!

Giving your support can help your favourite channels to bring you even better videos and it makes you an even stronger part of the community.

Got any tips on how to improve the YouTube experience? Share your ideas in the comments below or tweet us at @TubeChum.

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Daniel Mackrell

Co-editor at Tube Chum
Journalist. Former Winchester Student. Chelsea fan. @WINOL Alumnus. Co-editor, @TubeChum.