YouTube Shorts is designed to be simplistic and familiar to use. Creators can use a variety of editing features to make their videos stand out, including:
Shorts will be viewed through downward scrolling, exactly like TikTok and Reels. A product manager working on YouTube Shorts claimed it is designed to keep users “swiping forever”. The videos within a feed are decided on by YouTube’s algorithms. Users have no control over the videos that will appear. This may be affected by the videos a user watches within their normal feed, as well as a user’s personal data (covered by YouTube’s GDPR agreements).
Users can leave comments below Shorts, even if they are not a creator within the beta testing. They can interact with other users as well as the Shorts creator. Comments can be disabled on videos, though it is unclear if shorts will be subject to YouTube’s comment ban on videos featuring children. Users can also report specific Shorts to developers.
If someone is not signed into a YouTube account, they can still view Shorts and the comments left on them. They are also able to report videos and share them to other social media pages. They cannot, however, leave comments.