YouTube introduced an updated filtering system to manage comment sections in order to make it easier for creators to find questions and separate comments by counting subscribers.
Creators can receive thousands of comments on their videos, making a robust filter system instrumental in engaging viewers. According to YouTube’s blog post on the topic published earlier today, a better search system is the top feature request the company receives from creators.
The new filtering options now list include:
- Response status: has the creator already responded to this comment?
- Contains question: does the comment contain a question?
- Subscriber count: does the commenter have at least 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, one million, or 10 million subscribers?
- Subscriber status: is the commenter publicly subscribed to the creator?
- Member status: is the commenter a member?
YouTube has a filter system in place at the moment, but it’s not as powerful. For example: The limited use of keyword searching is a common frustration that the company has dealt with in the past.
“Previously, keyword searching only showed you an exact match of comments (so searching for’ subs’ would find only’ subs’),” reads the blog post. “With this update, you will see search results beyond the exact match (so you will see’ subscriber’ or’ subscriber’ for the same search now as well).”
It is still difficult to try to work within the busy comment section of YouTube, and the company is working to add more options to the filtering system. Previous examples of features added to comment filtering included creator hearts, enabling YouTubers to like comments from people, pinning top comments, and giving creators control over comment review.