A major site redesign has been a long time coming for YouTube. Let’s be honest here… the way things looked in recent months was nothing short of confusing and just plain “icky”. YouTube rolled out the changes across the board yesterday with a simplified look – and added functionality on the viewer page. When describing the changes on the official blog, YouTube stated that “this redesign is about going “back to basics,” focusing attention on the reason why you came to YouTube in the first place — the video — and all the ways you engage with content and creators”.
Many of the changes appear to be good ones. For instance, information about a video is now grouped together in one place, and there’s a consistent way to get more detail when you need it. If something isn’t really useful to you it will no longer clutter up your page. There’s a new playlist interface, with the next video in the list appearing in the top right. The site is also boasting a streamlined presentation for sharing, flagging, and embedding controls.
As I said, this all “appears” to be positive. However, the reaction thus far hasn’t been so positive. There have been hundreds of comments left on the official announcement post, and a heck of a lot of people are complaining. Do they not like change at all, or do they only hate these particular changes?
So far, I actually enjoy the new design. I’ve had a few small glitches, such as when trying to block a user who has left a rude comment. I’m hopeful that those little kinks will be worked out soon. Have you played around on the site since the changes took effect? What are your thoughts?
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