Youtube debuted their new experimental homepage so I wanted to make sure I provided some initial thoughts on the design. Those interested in testing out the new layout, can do so by clicking here.
I imagine not everyone is getting the message prompt encouraging you to try out the experiment. The message looks like this:
After clicking to experiment, you are taken to another screen that basically explains what changes have been made on the new YouTube homepage. The update log reads:
- Combined list – Merges your subscriptions, friend activity, and recommendations into one easier-to-scan list
- Don’t miss a video – If a channel uploads 4 videos in a day, you’ll see all 4 – instead of just the latest video
- Delete anything – Hover over any video you don’t want to watch and click ‘x’
- Or just grey it out – Videos you’ve already watched will be greyed out – so even without deleting, you’ll know where you left off
- Help me re-find stuff I just watched – Your homepage will include your recent likes and favorites so you can easily get back to them
- Easy inbox – Links to your inbox (personal messages & comments) are front and center
- Load much more – Watch older videos – all without leaving the homepage
The redesigned homepage feels much more like a Facebook/Twitter stream due to the majority of activity from all of your friends scrolling down the page. This is a clear indication that YouTube has officially embraced “the stream.” The stream includes, comments, likes, favorites and recent uploads. You will also have the ability to alternate between “All Activity” and “Subscription Uploads” in order to ensure you can see the videos from your subscription list.
To be honest, I have never really been into YouTube’s homepage. It has always looked like a cluttered mess of video thumbnails. Typically I glanced — very briefly glanced over my subscription list on the homepage. I have always been more inclined to check my video uploads within my “Subscription” link attached to my profile.
I think this update may actually benefit my interaction on the homepage. I am a long time user of the site, but I have very rarely given much attention to the activity of some of my YouTube pals. The previous layout dissected the information based on how content was separated on the user’s part. My subscriptions have always been the prominent piece of information that I was interested in and it was at the top of my page, eliminating the need for me to scroll through the homepage.
The new layout is something I have become accustomed to from Twitter and Facebook. I actually understand how the information will flow and I might take the time to look over some of the recent activity of my friends. From what I can tell, there need to be a few filters so I can check the recent activity for either comments, likes or favorites. All-in-all I actually like this update.
What do you think yay or nay?
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