Friday, 29 February 2008

Invitation to Test Our New Homepage Beta

We mentioned the upcoming limited release of a New Experimental Personalised Homepage on our blog a few days ago. As of today, the page is now available to a small, randomly selected group of users. But even if you're not in this group, you can still give it a whirl. You only need to login to your YouTube account and click this link to opt in to the experiment.



We want to know what you think about this new personalised YouTube experience. The more feedback we receive the better, so don't forget to leave your comments here. We'll be watching!



The YouTube Team

52 comments:

SimUK said...

I like the new Interactive YouTube homepage and think I'll probably stick with the "beta" as it does generally seem better. Few points Good, Bad, and changes/additions:

Good:

* Stats on the front page - nice to be able to get quick access to them and see at a glance.

* Recommended for You - nice addition and seems to work well, although it's listing a lot of my own videos, which surely I don't want to be recommended to myself to watch? Can't it just recommend new ones I've not seen?

* Latest from Your Subscriptions - being able to see more than 1 last video from subscribed channels on the front page is great (but, there's also bad points to this)

Bad:

* Latest from Your Subscriptions - this is showing channels that haven't had new videos for "ages". It doesn't show me the latest videos at all. What's more I've not got any way of seeing the "latest" videos from my subscriptions on the front page of YT now, and have to go to the Subscription Centre to get this.

* Featured Videos - they are now too low down, they're not really being "featured" at all this far down the page.

* Featured Videos - this seems to have lost the filter option of being able to see other types of popular videos which the old homepage had.

* Recommended for You - sometimes this doesn't show anything on the homepage. The module just doesn't display.

* "About your Videos > Video Responses" - this shows "0", but is that right? I have videos which have been responded to. I have videos that I've used to respond to others. Surely it shouldn't be "0"? The "Inbox" bit has Video Responses "0" which is correct as I don't have any waiting for approval, but the lower About Your Videos stat seems wrong.

* Friend Activity - doesn't explain what it actually is. The "customise this page" link at the top of the page gives some detail, but surely there needs to be a link (question mark, like in the My Account page) which gives a simple tooltip explanation of this new feature.

Like to see changed/added:

* Ability to personalise order that each item appears in each column, and maybe even which column the boxes appear. I'd like to have Latest Subscriptions, Friend Activity, above Recommended for You, for example. Others may want this in a different order, so surely let us chose? (you can select to switch modules on/off, but not to move)

* Link to my subscribed "groups" in the "About you" section and also a figure showing number of groups I'm a member of.

* Ability to have my "Favourites" as a module on the homepage, instead of having to specifically visit my channel page and then looking for the favourites on there.

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y2kjonrichards said...

Quite like this look, but think there is alot of room for improvement, the ability to move the items to where you want them would be good. The featured videos should be near the top. Maybe the option of the usual subscription bar and also the new user thing. I like the recommend videos but it keeps putting one of my own videos in there.

A little more customisations and this could work really well.

cheekychen said...

I haven't tested this, but here are some general changes I'd like to see..

- An ART video category!
-An ART channel type
-The ability to navigate to 'all subscriptions' from any page
-The ability to group subscriptions, similar to the way you can group friends. (allowing for you to find all your comedy channels, art channels, vlogger channels etc).

Ok, maybe you were after feedback for the homepage, but hey ho.

siggy75 said...

I agree with y2kjonrichards' comment, it would be nice if you could customise your own home-page.

I don't like the "Latest From Your Subscriptions" section as it is showing videos from weeks ago, I much prefer the current version whereby it picks out the 4 latest videos from all your subscriptions.

I like the stats section.

The recommended section includes a lot a videos that I've already seen, maybe they should be picked from recently posted videos.

Featured videos should be near the top. How about a section "Featured Videos Around the World"

seventhdoctor said...

1. I don't like having to click "View all subscriptions" to view the rest of them. I think there should be an option to manually choose the top three that show up.

2. Only three featured videos?

seventhdoctor said...

I prefer the old subscription scroller.

seventhdoctor said...

Also, you can only click "View all subscriptions" if you tick the "3 random subs" option.

Bring back the old scroller!

SYPHOFIGHTER said...

I think this is way better i dont have to go to my chanell and it look at the thing you watch the most and get those kind of video...NICE!!

vortexguy934 said...

No, please dont change it, i loved the old one, if anything u shud go back i liked the link on the homepage to go straight to my videos at the top etc.

I ALSO LOVED THE SUBSCRIPTION SCROLLER

ALinkttF said...

I really don't like this layout, having to scroll downwards to find some of my subscriptions was quite pointless, considering those would be the videos I would watch first, and therfore should be at the top in the scroller. If the homepage is changed, I won't be very happy.

AVDJ said...

I am a big fan of the new homepage beta. it brings together a lot of cool preexisting aspects of YouTube. nice work. also, I agree with cheeckchen that there should be an ART category.

irejectreality said...

Please, if your going to do it like this, the "your subscriptions" scroller HAS to be included. it makes everything easier.

I still like the old homepage better though :(

AVDJ said...

what if we could customize a list of quick-access links to the top 20 channels we like to visit the most? that might fit well on a personalized homepage.

irejectreality said...

btw, I just realised - they're trying to turn youtube into Google.

You'll understand if you use iGoogle.

/iyt - /ig - see the connection?

deltaph said...

you tube has alot of sick shit on and you should make it harder for underaged teens to view some of your videos.

siggy75 said...

After a day of using it, the "Recommended Videos" sections is getting silly. At the moment it is recommending my own videos. Don't get me wrong, they are good videos but I've already seen them :)

The most popular section seems to be a bit pointless, as the most popular videos are sometimes titilation videos. At the moment one of them is "Stacy's Pictures!". Does YT really want to promote such videos?

RosssFrazer said...

Hey youtube.

I don't like the way the subscriptions tab is working,

eg. The way it shows new videos from certain channels. I'd prefer to see all of my subscriptions new videos in one place.

-Rosss

pirate1guy said...

i prefered it but i was expectin a more bebo module thing or hotmailspace type thing if you know what i mean. choose what things you want and what goes where

pirate1guy said...

i prefered it but i was expectin a more bebo module thing or hotmailspace type thing if you know what i mean. choose what things you want and what goes where

Arbrackin said...

ITS BAD! i hate it i love the normal youtube homepage with a big featured videos list reccomened videos sucks it reccomends videos wot i made or random ones wot suck it has to much stuff it will stop the community featured of youtube!

joby866 said...

I love the new Homepage, could be improved but it's a GREAT improvement on the YouTube homepage.

Joby.

AmazingPhil said...

Keep the featured videos the way they are, at the top with a nice big list.. Being featured is such a big goal for youtubers, and having 3 featured videos in a box at the bottom of the page reduces it's specialness. I would be really unhappy if this changed.

AmazingPhil said...

Keep the featured videos the way they are, at the top with a nice big list.. Being featured is such a big goal for youtubers, and having 3 featured videos in a box at the bottom of the page reduces it's specialness. I would be really unhappy if this changed.

Iaughs said...

I think you should concentrate more on not condoning sexism on your front page and less on trying to 'snazzy-up' appearances.
Also when a comment is responded to, you should email the actual response to the user, otherwise one often has to trawl through 1000's of comments in order to locate a follow-up, which is usually something like "shut up bitch".

Iaughs said...

I think you should concentrate more on not condoning sexism on your front page and less on trying to 'snazzy-up' appearances.
Also when a comment is responded to, you should email the actual response to the user, otherwise one often has to trawl through 1000's of comments in order to locate a follow-up, which is usually something like "shut up bitch".

benriggers said...

I don't really like the new homepage.
you should leave it as it is

benriggers said...

please can you stop fiddling with Youtube ever 5 minutes?

Leave It As It Is!!!!!

cronogenesis said...

Please Please Please Please Please fix the subscriptions section so we can see our latest videos and not ones weeks/months old.

If that gets sorted i might be able to just about bear the rest of the beta...

FlimphProductions said...

i think its to complicated, the old one, its just easyer to looka t, liek ata glance, u can see, whats new etc, and relally thst all i leik to see, evrything at a glance, although i do like the bit that has vids u might like, thats a good thing, maby add that in somehow to the originala nd its be great

Hawkmiles13 said...

Hi, i think that the new homepage is good, bit cluttered though. Love the fact that you can see all the video comments that you have made and received. Just think that it has to be neatened up a bit.

surrey8855 said...

yes

p44v9n said...

yes its the special HEIMA day!!!!

IchBichLewich said...

How about a section where you can choose your top 4 subscriptions on your channel? :D

SteAndKel said...

I think the recommended video section is a little pointless, as many of the videos that were suggested to me were ones i had already watched, or ones that had the same tags as videos i'd searched for in the past (but chose not to watch). I am able to find videos on my own, i dont really need them to be recommended to me. I also dont like the featured videos section. Being featurd is a major goal for youtubers, and to only have 3 featured videos at the bottom of the page defeats the objective in my opinion. I think the friend video section is also a little pointless, as I am subsribed to the channels i want to see, therefore i dont need to see friends videos aswell. Perhaps instead you could place the friend bulletin box on the homepage? As that is a feature I often use to connect with my friends. Also with the subscription section, many of the videos being given to me are days old, and some of the channels i am subscribed to are not shown at all. I think the current subscription notification system is far superior. Overall, I prefer youtube's current homepage, however given time the new page may grown on me. Thank you for allowing me to test it!

SteAndKel said...

I think the recommended video section is a little pointless, as many of the videos that were suggested to me were ones i had already watched, or ones that had the same tags as videos i'd searched for in the past (but chose not to watch). I am able to find videos on my own, i dont really need them to be recommended to me. I also dont like the featured videos section. Being featurd is a major goal for youtubers, and to only have 3 featured videos at the bottom of the page defeats the objective in my opinion. I think the friend video section is also a little pointless, as I am subsribed to the channels i want to see, therefore i dont need to see friends videos aswell. Perhaps instead you could place the friend bulletin box on the homepage? As that is a feature I often use to connect with my friends. Also with the subscription section, many of the videos being given to me are days old, and some of the channels i am subscribed to are not shown at all. I think the current subscription notification system is far superior. Overall, I prefer youtube's current homepage, however given time the new page may grown on me. Thank you for allowing me to test it!

osmankaj said...

Please Please Please Please Please fix the subscriptions section so we can see our latest videos and not ones weeks/months old. If that gets sorted i might be able to just about bear the rest of the beta...

Ar1stotelis said...

I miss very much -already from your last "obtain"-, the number of how many people were rating each video (before clicking onto it). It was the best indicator for me, in analogy with the number of views. Even more we can gain if we see "1st place" how many favorited a video. Just stars isn't enough indicator at all.
p.s. Don't need anything "recommended" either :-)

merzipan1 said...

Can you allove people to delate their comments. I did want to delate a comment I made but I cannot find a way to do it...

meganandleannebff said...

watch our videos please!! they're awsome!!! and comment them!!! please!!!! we want your opinions!!! -megan

puffypetticoat said...

I agree, PLEASE fix the subscriptions box. Even after I've watched every video in it, an hour later the same videos will be back again.

y2kjonrichards said...

Wow it looks like this has been sorted a bit since I last checked it out.

VanishedOne said...

Recommendations seem to be broken at the moment; the three that appear on /iyt are still videos that could plausibly have been selected on the basis of my favourites, but clicking through to http://uk.youtube.com/browse?r=1 just gives a regular site-wide 'most recent' page.

riderofdoom said...

STOP THE IYT! god its annoying! sotp messing up youtube

CesarSSb said...

I really don't like it, I prefer the old one. I would like to switch to the old but can't find out how to.

msathepanic said...

kill it damn I'm freaking out !!!!!!!

yeuxclair said...

I really want it but I don't know how to change the usual homepage to the new one. Can anyone help me please?

huynhdoodle said...

PLEASE GET RID OF IT.
can't even opt out of it unless i log out...
i want the old youtube back.

genericSildenafil said...

watch our videos please!! they're awsome!!! and comment them!!! please!!!! we want your opinions!!! -megan

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