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  Article updated: November 10, 2021

Add a YouTube stream

Create streams for monitoring activity on your connected YouTube channels. Keep an eye on the engagement on your own videos, or watch for videos related to certain keywords. To learn more about streams, see Overview of Streams .

Some of these tasks can be completed in both the web version of Hootsuite and the Hootsuite mobile app. These tasks are indicated by Web and Mobile tabs.

Add a stream to a new board

When you select New board, you have three options for creating streams: My posts and mentions, My industry, and Browse all streams.

The My posts and mentions, My industry, and Browse all streams for creating new boards

The first two walk you through creating streams specific to your own posts, or search streams based on keywords and hashtags in your industry. The Browse all streams option lets you get straight into building streams on your own.

Under Browse all streams, select Get Started, select a profile from the drop-down, and then select from the available streams for that profile.

The stream options available for YouTube

Add a stream to an existing board

Add a stream to an existing board at any time (boards have a limit of 10 streams).

Web Mobile
  1. Go to Streams.
  2. Create or select the board that will host the stream.
  3. Select Add Stream.
  4. Select YouTube from the list on the left.
  5. Select a profile from the drop-down.
  6. Select the streams to add.

Create a YouTube Search stream

Search by keyword to find videos that contain the keyword in their titles, descriptions, or video tags.

  1. Go to Streams.
  2. Create or select the board that will host the stream.
  3. Select Add Stream.
  4. Select YouTube from the list on the left.
  5. Select the Search tab, and then select a profile from the drop-down.
  6. Enter your search query, and then select how you want the results to be sorted.
  7. Select Add Stream.

Create a comment stream

If a particular video is getting a lot of comments, you can create a separate comment stream for that video. This lets you manage its engagement without disrupting your monitoring of the original stream. You can create comment streams from the My Videos, Playlist, and Search streams.

  • Select More Actions below the post, and then select Create Comment Stream.

Available stream types and stream content

The types of streams available for YouTube, and what you can do with them, depend on the functionality made available by YouTube to third parties like Hootsuite.

Tip: Select the timestamp on any post in a stream to open it in YouTube and view it there.

Note: My Videos is the only stream type available on the Hootsuite mobile app.

YouTube stream types and what you can do with each
Stream typeStream contentEngagement options
My VideosThe channel’s published videos.View like and dislike counts. Like and dislike videos. View comments and replies. Comment and reply to comments. Add videos to playlists. Edit or delete videos. Create comment stream. Share the YouTube link to another connected profile. Get embed code. Remove comments or hide comments from a specific user on the channel. Report comments as spam.
Published CommentsPublic comments on the channel’s videos (approved through moderation).Reply to comments. Remove comments or hide comments from a specific user on the channel. Report comments as spam.
ModerateComments on channels or videos that have moderation enabled.Approve comments to be published, or delete comments. Reply to comments. Hide comments from a specific user on the channel. Report comments as spam.
Likely SpamComments that YouTube has filtered out for moderation before they get published.Approve comments to be published, or delete comments. Reply to comments. Hide comments from a specific user on the channel. Report comments as spam.
SearchVideos matching your search term in the title, description, or video tags.View like and dislike counts. Like and dislike videos. View comments and replies. Comment and reply to comments. Add videos to playlists. Create comment stream. Share the YouTube link to another connected profile. Get embed code.
PlaylistVideos and comments in the selected playlist.View like and dislike counts. Like and dislike videos. View comments and replies. Comment and reply to comments. Add videos to playlists. Edit or delete videos. Create comment stream. Share the YouTube link to another connected profile. Get embed code. Remove videos from playlists. Remove comments or hide comments from a specific user on the channel. Report comments as spam.