YouTube has rolled out a new custom URL for creators; one that works independently from Google + and addresses the issue of duplication of URLs. Currently, YouTube offers two types of formats to creators for creating URLs – ‘youtube.com/ChannelName’ and ‘youtube.com/c/ChannelName’. The latter integrates with Google + to generate such URL format.
However, according to YouTube, it started coming across instances where two channels requested with similar names in these two different formats. “This is confusing for fans, and not a great experience for creators either. Our new system will fix that problem,” said Tom Leung, Director, Product Management for Creator at YouTube.
Now, both the older URL formats will point to the same channel. This means whether users type URL in ‘youtube.com/ChannelName’ format or ‘youtube.com/c/ChannelName’ format, they’ll now reach the same channel. According to Leung, the new system will avoid duplicating channel names in the future.
“This also means that claiming a new YouTube custom URL does not involve a custom URL for your Google+ profile, and vice versa,” Leung explains. However, he claims there are only 0.02 per cent of channels with custom URLs will have to claim for a new URL due to duplication conflicts. In such cases, the two older URL formats point to different pages. YouTube will notify such users soon, and they can claim for a new URL until May 31, 2017.
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