The online video-streaming service YouTube announced on Monday that it will now require channels to have their own distinctive usernames.
Before that, YouTube does not require users to have distinctive identities or handles. Other sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, require users to choose a handle that is specific to them.
Each channel will need to select a unique @handle in addition to a channel name. The channel’s page and any videos it posts will display its handle.
According to YouTube, this would make it simpler for viewers to mention their channel in comments and community posts and even make it simpler for viewers to promote their channel through shoutouts.
The platform said it will let YouTube creators know next month when they may select their handle. The channel’s handle will also become its unique URL.
Because YouTube has so many channels, the transition will apply gradually.
The number of subscribers a channel has, its overall YouTube presence, and whether it is active or not all affect when a creator will have access to the handles selection process, according to a statement from YouTube.
Everyone will be able to select a handle by November 14. The Google support website stated that individuals who don’t choose will have a job automatically allocated to them.