How To Add Questions To YouTube Videos To Poll Your Viewers

YouTube is testing out a new interactive feature that lets video creators add questions within their videos.  Video Questions Editor Beta lets you easily create a question that will pop up during your video to poll your viewers.  Read on to find out how it works.

To opt in to the Video Questions Editor Beta, head over to youtube.com/video_questions_beta and click “Join the ‘Video Questions Editor’ Beta.”  Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to start asking questions!

Go to the video you’d like to add a question to and click ‘Edit.’  You’ll notice that you now have a new option in the Edit bar called ‘Questions.’  Click on it to add a question (or multiple questions) to your video.

Now, just click on ‘Add Question’ to define your question and answers and the point at which the question will pop up during your video.  Don’t forget to mark which answer is the correct one!  Note that your video will be paused when the question pops up.  The hint is displayed if the viewer chooses the incorrect answer.

Once you’ve saved all the information about your question you can view it on the video page.  Once you’ve added questions and viewers have viewed and answered them you will be able to see the results in the Annotation section of the analytics page.

It doesn’t look beautiful, but it’s still pretty neat and worth trying out if you’ve got any pressing questions you’d like to ask your viewers.  It’s important to note, of course, that this feature is in beta and still likely to have some kinks that need to be worked out.

YouTube provides the following disclaimer: “The feature represents work in progress, there is no plan for long-term support of the feature and may be removed at any time without prior notification.  Your comments will help us improve and perfect the mixtures we’re working on.  So jump in, play around, and send your feedback directly to the brains behind the scenes.”

Image credit: B Calkins via shutterstock.com

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.

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