YouTube gets a new look

By on December 7, 2012
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More focus on user’s favourite channels.


YouTube has unveiled a fresh new look that prioritizes channels that a user has subscribed to.

Your YouTube homepage will now center on the YouTube Guide which will alert you when new videos from your subscribed channels are available. The guide will also recommend videos and channels you might like based on what you and your friends regularly watch.

Other design changes include positioning the video on top of the page bringing it front and center to grab viewer attention, subscribe and sharing buttons as well as video information appear directly below the player, and overall the video sharing website now has a cleaner, sparser look. Additionally, playlists are now available to the right of videos, allowing the user to continue browsing other videos while they watch.

User subscriptions and your YouTube guide can be found on other devices beyond the PC, including Android, iPhone, PlayStation 3, and Google TV.

The new design is also aimed at helping YouTube content creators reach bigger fan bases more easily. Alandha Scott, Content Creator Communications Lead from the Official YouTube Partners & Creators Blog, said of the changes, “The new site design will help you build a bigger, more connected audience by improving new channel discovery, simplifying subscriptions, and keeping your fans plugged in and aware of your new videos no matter where they are.”

Do you like YouTube’s new look? Or like a certain social network’s frequent design changes, will you put up with it until you get used to it?


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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