YouTube Shorts celebrates 1 year in Nigeria, launches new features

Godfrey Elimian
*YouTube Shorts are being watched by over 1.5B logged-in users every month. | *In April 2022, Shorts containing content sampled from long-form videos generated over 100B views
YouTube Shorts marks 1 year anniversary of launch in Nigeria with new product launch
YouTube Shorts marks 1 year anniversary of launch in Nigeria with new product launch

It is one year since YouTube introduced Shorts into the Nigerian social media space. The mission was to give everyone a voice and help creators grow their audiences and be inspired by new video formats has grown into a community of more than 1.5B monthly logged-in users globally.

In a bid to drive innovation and refine product features, the community has made it one of their responsibility to incorporate the new video format – multiformat creator, into the broader YouTube experience.

As YouTube introduces new products, we’ve seen the birth of a new trend unique to the platform: “the rise of the multiformat creator and artist.” Moving seamlessly between different video formats on YouTube — from Shorts, Longform, Live and Audio — these multiformat creators and artists create an infinite flow of content combinations to maximize their creativity, reach, community connection and revenue.

This interplay between video formats mirrors the reality of today’s viewers, who expect content to suit their active lives, varied interests and wide-ranging attention spans.

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The idea behind YouTube Shorts

For artists, the path to success has never been more demanding, so designing products like Shorts was a way to make YouTube the place for them to connect with their fans and grow long-term, sustainable music careers.

YouTube Shorts celebrates 1 year launch in Nigeria, Launches new products for artists and creatives
YouTube Shorts celebrates 1-year launch in Nigeria, Launches new products for artists and creatives

At the heart of YouTube’s journey are the voices of these creators and artists. The introduction of these shorts marked the beginning of an important and new format to the YouTube repertoire.

Neal Mohan, YouTube’s Chief Product Officer, said:

“Shorts have become an essential part of the YouTube experience for our creators and viewers. Now being watched by over 1.5B logged in users every month, the product is growing thanks to the creativity of our community. While we’re still at the beginning of our journey with Shorts, we look forward to continuing to innovate the product so our creators can continue to express themselves, connect with their audiences, and increase their reach and revenue opportunities on the platform.”

Here are some recently launched highlights:

Video remixing

Utilizing content from the world’s largest video library, creators on YouTube can put their own spin on the content they love from YouTube using our latest video remixing features, Cut and Green Screen to Shorts on iOS (coming to Android soon).

  • Cut: The ability to use a 1-5 second video segment from any eligible VOD or Short in the creation of new Shorts content.
  • Green Screen: The ability to use up to a 60-second video segment from any eligible VOD or Short as the background for their original Short video.

Multiformat analytics

Also, YouTube Shorts recently rolled out a new design for YouTube Analytics which allows creators and artists to see insights and performance data for specific content across their different video formats: VOD (video on demand), Live and Shorts.

This allows them to individualize and optimize their content strategies more effectively to make the most of the platform for both reach and revenue opportunities.

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, said:

Everybody knows that our mission at YouTube is to become the leading revenue generator for the music industry. Money is great, but it’s not enough. Building artist fandom is equally important. We want YouTube to be THE PLACE for artists to connect and create meaningful relationships with their fans and grow long-term, sustainable music careers;

“Shorts, combined with long-form video, is proving to be a critical way to do that. It’s our job to make sure that once fans find their life’s soundtrack on Shorts, they are met with prompts that encourage them to dive deeper into an artist’s repertoire. YouTube is the only platform that can bring that experience to reality and we are ALL IN on making it happen”, he further added.

Read also: Content creators can now make up to $10,000 on YouTube Shorts. Here is how!

Artists and developers of these short films are leveraging YouTube Shorts to drive the next development in the creator economy. The top 10 trending short videos in Nigeria during the past year are shown below:

Shorts VideoChannel
Uche Nancy Vs her daughter Obio OluebubeNollywood actors daily
Saving the world isn’t an easy work – CAPTAIN SHAGGIOfficial BRODA SHAGGI
Kizz Daniel ft Tekno – Buga (official)CJ The Dancer
POV: Uncles waiting for food to be served likeTAAOOMA’S CABIN
Focus Dance beat | Happy feet, butterfly legworkRosey Lucci
Tiwa Savage – Somebody’s Son TikTok Challenge #ShortsAfrobeat Central
Pheelz ft BUJU_Finesse [Tiktok Dance Challenge] #finesse #pheelz #sdc #youtube #tiktok #trendingOlamide Wasse 254
Burna Boy – Kilometre (Dance Video)ItsJustNife
Wedding guests Broda Shaggi| Sydney Talker | NasboiOfficial BRODA SHAGGI
Davido Throwing Money at DANI + EGO Wedding in ZimbabweAKZtv

With the launch of Shorts, artist and creator channels uploading both Shorts and long-form are seeing better overall watch time and subscriber growth relative to that only uploading long-form.


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