New filters will help creators sort through YouTube comments

YouTube is updating its filtering system. The update will help creators filter out YouTube comments based on subscriber counts and also find questions.

This update seems like it will save creators a lot of time. Some creators get thousands of comments. It’s impossible to look through every single comment to find questions and the most relevant comments. Really, this update will help creators be more engaged with their commenters. They’ll be able to respond much more efficiently.

These are the new YouTube comments filters

YouTube revealed the new filtering options earlier this week. According to YouTube’s blog post, there will be five filtering options. Those filters are:

  • Response status: filters out YouTube comments that a creator has already responded to
  • Contains question: filters comments that contain a question
  • Subscriber count: filters out comments based on subscriber count. It will look to see if the commenter has either 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, one million, or 10 million subscribers
  • Subscriber status: filters commenters that are subscribed to the creator
  • Member status: filters commenters that are members

Improving YouTuber’s current filter system

YouTube does have a comment filter system currently. It isn’t as effective as this future update will make it. Creators have been asking for a more efficient filter system for a while. In fact, it’s one of the most requested updates from the creator community at the moment.

In the past, creators could only use keywords when searching for YouTube comments. “Previously, searching by keyword only showed you comments with an exact match (so searching ‘subs’ would only find ‘subs’),” the YouTube blog post says. “With this update, you’ll see search results beyond exact match (so now you’ll also see ‘subscriber’ or ‘subscribers’ for that same search).”

Better, but not perfect

This update will help creators, but it isn’t the cure-all for the issues with YouTube’s filter system. It seems like YouTube knows this, too. The platform is working on more options for the filtering system. For instance, YouTube plans to release a creator hearts filter. Overall, the goal is to give the creator more control over comments on their videos.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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