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Since August 7th, every YouTube user with the YouTube app on their iOS device, no matter their geographical location, has been granted access to YouTube's new chat and sharing features that are intended to make sharing and discussing videos on YouTube easier.

Up until this point, only Canada and some users in North America had access to YouTube's new features. But now, YouTube hopes that making these features worldwide will make YouTube's social networking experience better for everybody.

YouTube had this to say in a official blog post: "Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. We think it'll make sharing easier, faster and more fun on your phone. And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too."

YouTube says the new features aim to make sharing videos with friends easier by allowing users to send videos within YouTube's mobile app instead of having to copy the video's link  and send it elsewhere.

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In addition, every time you share a video, a chat forum is created and everyone the has been added to the conversation can directly comment on the video using things like text and emojis. YouTube also says that you can add up to 20 users into a single video conversation and that you can find and add your friends through your phone's address book.

All of these features are available through a new "Shared" tab visible to everyone with the YouTube app on their iOS device.

Here is a direct link to the YouTube App in the App Store, if you are interested in trying these features out. The YouTube App can be download for free.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry is a blogger and Videomaker Contributing Editor.