This afternoon at VidCon, YouTube previewed a new feature called Top Fans that sounds like it's going to revolutionize the way that YouTube creators engage with their fans.
"A Top Fans dashboard will exist as a new page inside the Video Manager
Creators will be able to view a feed of the latest activity from the most-engaged and influential fans instead of having to wade through hundreds or thousands of comments
Creators will be able to sent out exclusive postings only to top fans
When Google Plus is connected to a creator’s YouTube channel and they’ve created a circle of top fans, they will be able to view demographic details about these top fans