YouTube rolling out live streaming feature to everyone


You no longer have to be "special" to live stream via YouTube, previously the feature was only available to a select few popular accounts on the service, but now it has been made available to anyone, providing your account is in "good standing". The feature will be rolling out worldwide in the next couple of weeks, so if you don't see the option, you simply might not have it yet.

Those that have the feature already enabled and who want to live stream will need to verify their account, which involves little more than receiving a code on your handset and entering it into the verification field, and you're all set. 

The feature also means you'll be able to hold a Google+ Hangout on Air from the Youtube Live Events manager, making it easier to get the entire process started and simplify the procedure of inviting potential viewers.

All the details on getting started with verifying your account can be viewed on the service’s company blogspot.

Source: Slash Gear

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They're all doing their best to help the NSA and themselves eliminate anonymous users and aliases. They know by tying it to phones, they can do just that for the vast majority. We'll be paying for privacy and anonymity a lot more in the future.

Probably every online service that has access to your friends' and relatives' phones' contact list has your number already, along with every other info they put in there: your real name, your mail address, a picture of you, your facebook profile, your home address...

Getting your phone number for verification might be convenient for them, but it's not like that's the only way to know exactly who you are, no matter how much effort you put in remaining anonymous.

Notice how more personal information is required along with what I'm sure will be more rigid restrictions in what you can and cannot air. For me, I've migrated away from Youtube for pretty much everything personal but still use it for almost all my business needs, mostly due to privacy issues.

Hahaiah said,
Notice how more personal information is required along with what I'm sure will be more rigid restrictions in what you can and cannot air. For me, I've migrated away from Youtube for pretty much everything personal but still use it for almost all my business needs, mostly due to privacy issues.
"need to verify their account, which involves little more than receiving a code on your handset and entering it into the verification field, and you're all set."

I thought this is getting more and more common like how Microsoft requires a code from your handset as well when I install Windows 8 and how Facebook keeps nagging me to verify my phone number.