YouTube will soon let you reply to a Super Chat message in live streams

It's rolling out in the next weeks

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Key notes

  • YouTube is testing a reply button for Super Chats in live streams.
  • A small group will get this feature soon, with a full rollout in months.
  • Super Chats are paid messages that highlight viewer comments to support creators.
Super Chat in YouTube live streams

YouTube has been doing quite a handful of experiments in the past few weeks. The popular video-sharing platform has previously tested an update for its AI-powered Dream Tracks music generator, and now, it seems like we’re getting the capability to reply to a Super Chat in live streams.

The Google-owned platform says in an updated entry on its experiment page that, due to popular demand, it’s testing a reply button to Super Chat messages in live streams or Premiere just like how it is with a live chat message. 

A small subset of users will soon be able to do so “over the next few weeks,” but it’s rolling out for everyone in months.

“We’ve heard from livestream viewers that they’d like a more expedient way to connect with the community, and what chat offers today feels too limited. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be experimenting with a reply button as well as the ability to like Super Chats,” says a YouTube rep on an episode of its Creator Insider channel.

A Super Chat on YouTube live streams is a paid service where viewers can buy them so that their messages get highlighted in the live chat. That way, they’re also supporting their favorite content creator.

The cost depends on how long the comment gets pinned, from $5 to $500. A $5 Super Chat gets you 2 minutes, and $500 gives you 5 hours, although you can still get a Super Chat for less than $5.