YouTube has a great design for all the countless number of video hours it clocks every day. YouTube greeted me with a new message as I logged in today for my daily dose of lolcats and what not. They’re testing a new homepage layout that will definitely remind you of Facebook.
Here’s what the new layout is about:
- 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 cool thing about this layout is definitely the feature that greys out videos you’ve already watched. It allows you to focus more on the new content. You can also finally remove videos you don’t ever want to watch, no matter how much YouTube thinks they’re recommendation worthy. The logic behind this redesign seems to be able keep an eye on what your friends and subscriptions are uploading which it makes easier to do.
As I said above, this layout is totally inspired by Facebook. Hiding ‘unliked’ videos, more details of activities and an endless newsfeed. All they’re missing is the ability to comment and like videos from the newsfeed. I’d like to have that feature, YouTube.
P.S. if you don’t see the invite for the new homepage, try going to this link. Let us know if you like it.