## YOUTUBE INTRODUCES NEW FEATURES TO COMPETE WITH TIKTOK
**YouTube expands its TikTok competitor, Shorts**, by rolling out several new features that will be familiar to TikTok users. In particular, YouTube is experimenting with adding live video previews to a user’s Shorts feed, similar to how live videos appear on TikTok. Viewers will be able to click on the preview to watch the live stream and scroll through a feed filled with other livestreams. Additionally, YouTube is introducing creator monetization features, such as paid chatting and memberships, in this feed.
**Full-screen live videos on YouTube** will be gradually rolled out over the next few months, according to the company’s announcement.
To enhance the creation of Shorts videos, YouTube is **testing new tools** that allow users to make short-form videos from horizontal YouTube clips. These tools include the ability to zoom and crop the original video.
**YouTube will suggest audio clips and effects** to Shorts creators. This feature is similar to those found on TikTok and Meta’s Reels. YouTube’s version will recommend the audio clip and effect used in a video that creators want to recreate. It will pick up the audio from the same time stamp as the clip being replicated, making it easier for creators to use audio and effects from other videos.
Starting today, YouTube is adding a new feature called **Collab** that allows creators to record a video side by side with another clip, similar to TikTok’s Duet feature. Collab offers multiple layouts and can be used both on Shorts and normal YouTube videos.
In order to compete with TikTok’s dominance in the short-form video space, YouTube has been **making efforts to attract more creators**. Recently, the platform [lowered its eligibility requirements](source_link) for monetization on YouTube, opening up some features of the YouTube Partner Program to smaller creators.
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