Like any other website, YouTube is in a state of constant evolution. Like it or not, the site rolled out several new changes to their layout yesterday. I have to give those changes a thumbs up – and a thumbs down.
If you’ve visited a YouTube video page in the past few days, you’ve seen what they’ve done. I appreciate that I have more options (which are easier to access) in handling the videos that I have recorded. I feel it’s easier for me to navigate my way around, finding content from others as well. The “subscribe” button is much more prominent now, which I also appreciate.
I like the fact that the username, date, description and links are now underneath the video. When they were in a sidebar, it seemed as though no one ever thought to look for more information, and would often miss important details.
This type of information is important. I don’t think it’s a great idea that people can only see whether others like (or dislike) a video until they’ve watched it themselves, but we’ll see how that plays out.
What they did with the comments is interesting, to say the least. It’s not a good change, in my humble opinion. It looks like a jumbled mess now. If you hover over a comment, it is highlighted. However, to scroll through them is just a pain. There are bugs at times when trying to block a user. Half the time it will work, and half the time it won’t. You can’t even tell how many comments a particular video has now. That’s a statistic I would appreciate having, but I can manage without it.
According to the research that YouTube has done, the changes make sense from a usability standpoint. I’ve seen a lot of negative commentary floating around though, so I’m not entirely convinced that YouTube has gotten it “right” just yet.
What are your thoughts? What do you enjoy about the new layout, and what do you wish you could change again?
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