Youtube Rolls Out Brand New Interface

By on November 15, 2011
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Homepage looks a lot like a mix of Twitter and Facebook.

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It’s been a while since Youtube made the last major change to its interface (although they keep tinkering with the video player everyday), when they added a few customization options to the logged in user and made the front page more dynamic. This new Youtube interface, which may or may not have been rolled out for everyone yet, looks like a pretty major facelift.

The above is a screenshot of our Tbreak account on Youtube and the changes are striking. Not only has it become more simple, it now takes a lot more screenspace and offers a variety of options. Some of them remind you of Twitter, including the Trending and Interesting videos option. There’s also suggestions of channels to follow. Other than that, a Facebook-like feature is the user name and profile picture being much more prominent on the top left. Of course, the center is like a news feed where new videos from subscriptions are shown and the entire right column is just recommended videos based on past videos you’ve seen.

The video player interface itself gets another cosmetic change, but it’s been something that people using the Beta version have been seeing for a few weeks. The background is now grey, the buttons are more slick and three dimensional and there are minor changes to the buttons inside the player. Nothing major, but I preferred the white background of the earlier look.

We got lucky in seeing it, but what do you think of this new interface?


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