Friday, December 2, 2011

Google gives YouTube a new look

Google has given YouTube a seasonal makeover with the introduction of a new homepage, Channel design and a fresh coat of digital paint. Here are three ways these updates will improve your YouTube life.

1. A new homepage

YouTube says the changes to the homepage are designed to make it easier to find and follow Channels when you arrive. On the left side of the homepage you can create your own, personal, customisable YouTube Channel line-up.

Sign in, or create a YouTube account. Then you can browse recommended Channels, customise your homepage’s feed, link your YouTube account to Google+ and Facebook and see what your friends are sharing.

The new homepage feed it launched earlier this year is now front and centre on the homepage and you can switch between feeds by clicking on different Channels on the left.

2. Simpler, customisable Channels

Given the homepage’s new focus on helping you find and organise your favorite Channels, Google has also updated the look and feel of the Channels themselves.

Today it is launching an improved Channel design focused on what matters most: helping users find great videos. As different uploaders have different goals, it has created new a channel templates to meet their needs whether they produce one video a week or have thousands of videos for a fan to browse.

Some partners have even uploaded videos talking about the features, or giving tip on how they’re taking advantage of the new design. To learn how to opt-in to and test this new Channel design, check out its help center.

3. A new overall design

To bring the new homepage and Channels designs together Google has also applied a fresh coat of digital paint across the whole site. In July, it unveiled an experimental design called Cosmic Panda and it has used user feedback to improve its overall design, and today, it offers a cleaner and simpler YouTube, with a consistent gray background, bigger video thumbnails and a more streamlined watch page.

Source: The Wall

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