The 24-hour “story” social media put up format was first popularized by Snapchat, earlier than Meta’s Instagram copied the function and truly grew to become extra fashionable than Snapchat’s authentic interpretation. From there, everybody started doing it. And by everybody, we actually imply everybody. Virtually all social media platforms on the market have, or used to have, some type of non permanent put up function comparable, if not an identical, to tales. YouTube was one of many first to hop on this bandwagon, and now they’re hopping off. However I do not think about most individuals studying this remembered YouTube Tales existed, anyway.


YouTube channels will not have the ability to put up any extra Tales beginning on June 26 (through The Verge). From there, Tales will likely be seen for the same old seven-day interval they’re out there for, after which they are going to disappear, placing an finish to YouTube’s run with the function. It isn’t the primary app to backtrack on tales after implementing them — Twitter’s Fleets have that honor. However some may nonetheless argue they took means too lengthy to die.

Tales on YouTube first grew to become a factor in 2018 beneath the identify Reels. In contrast to the implementations in different apps, the place all stuff posted there would final 24 hours earlier than deleting itself, YouTube Tales had been out there to see for a complete week. They had been principally used as a method for content material creators to advertise content material they launched or had been about to launch, they usually had been surprisingly efficient for this function given their longevity.

YouTube desires content material creators who used these tales to put up other forms of non-video content material, together with YouTube Shorts and text-only Group Posts, with the latter getting the choice to make posts expire after a sure time period, reintroducing that ephemeral nature. And naturally, Shorts are the new factor proper now, with everybody imitating TikTok simply the best way they did Snapchat again within the day.

If you wish to put up YouTube Tales, make certain to take pleasure in them for the month that is left, as a result of they are going away.