Sunday, 20 April 2008

UK Site Updates: Tell Us What You Think

As you have probably noticed, we recently introduced a raft of updates across YouTube. While some of these affected all site domains, others were focused on the non-Global homepages (of which the UK is one). Having given these some time to bed down, we would love to hear what you think of two of the updates in particular: changes to the how we generate the Most Viewed toplist and a new approach to the Channels information.


MOST VIEWED IN THE UK


Since the UK homepage was launched last year, the Most Viewed videos of the day, the week, the month or of all time were listed on the UK page according to territory. This is to say that if you told us at sign-up that you were located in the UK and uploaded a video, it would be eligible to make the list provided it generated enough clicks. While this system worked well enough, we felt that it gave a slightly skewed window onto what users in the UK were actually watching, not to mention leaving the list open to a degree of manipulation (no matter how gentle, as in this fallofautumndistro video):





The Most Viewed list is now generated according to what users located in the UK are watching, which means that the videos listed can have been uploaded anywhere in the world. One side-effect of this is that the chart can look out of synch, as the total number of clicks does not necessarily tally with the number of UK-based users who have watched the video – so please bear this in mind when offering any feedback.


CHANNELS PAGE


One of the big things that we at YouTube UK hoped to achieve after launching the UK homepage was to enable local users to find one another more easily, whether that be by showcasing local talent in the featured area or generating charts drawn from UK users. We have now achieved the latter on the Channels page, where you will be able to identify the Most Subscribed UK user of all time (congratulations Charlieissocoollike) along with the local Comedian, Director, Guru, Musician and Partner channels that are generating most interest. To date these lists were drawn from Global performance figures, and if you still want to track who is hot worldwide, then just navigate to the Global homepage and head for the Channels page.


We are working hard to give all of our users in the UK the best possible insights into what is happening on their local site. Do these updates help or hinder that effort? Let us know, either by leaving a comment below or mailing us here


Have fun,


The YouTube Team

30 comments:

Y55MAC said...

Most of the Updates are great, especially the Insight Info, I have already altered some tags to get more hits. I would like to see more info on video ratings for each of my video's though, like average/top rating.

wanksy said...

YouTube do nothing to stop rapists posting material which shows women being raped and beaten...the flagging feature DOES NOT work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv9jl296bjc
http://www.youtube.com/user/theprodigyrocks

Nice films you wankers

r3wind said...

be nice to get some coverage for people doing tech shows in the uk like i do at therealgravity. i've been doing it with no budget for months - more viewers would be awesome. :)

Clipsniffer said...

In terms of concerns over videos, Mr W, I would like to direct you to the Policy and Copyright Guidelines section of our Help Centre: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/topic.py?topic=10550 There you will find all of our policies, protocols and information on exactly how to go about reporting any type of content or behavior on the site, which you suspect may be in violation of our Community Guidelines: http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines or our Terms of Use: http://www.youtube.com/t/terms.
In this particular case, I should also point out that the footage you refer to has been shown in cinemas up and down the country, and so passed by the BBFC.

Razzer64 said...

My main dislikes with youtube at the moment are:

- Badly chosen featured videos
- Cannot revert to classic view on homepage
- Fullscreen now opens a new window, don't like it.
- Videos with most views should go on homepage due to people tagging crap videos with sex for the hell of it.

So yeah, overall it was much better 2/3 months ago, updates suck.

TheNewDanSoup said...

No, no, NO! Bad YouTube!

When I clicked most viewed I wanted to see the most viewed videos MADE in the UK, I don't care what people in the UK like watching. The most watched list is now just got loads of things from the global most watched vids, and most of that is misleading rubbish like women showing off cleavageto get views.

The UK page has lost it's individuality. I just hope this comment makes some difference.

Meargreen said...

What's happened to the standard quality?
Those of us who have uploaded larger files
for the 'High Quality' choice find that the
'Standard Quality' (which embedded players have to use, no quality button available)is no where near as good as when we had to keep it under 100mb

SambaDisaWinner said...

I thought that this was a great idea as it allows users with fewer subscribers to make it on the subscribed all time list which makes it easier for users to get noticed.

shirla26 said...

Just leave it alone - every time I go to Youtube UK it seems some geek has made another unneccesary twitch to the system. Enough already, getting fed up with trying to navigate. If I start looking for something that begins with S - I do not want to be offered 'sexy or 'soulja boy' Duh!!! If ain't broke don't fix it.

nintendolad said...

Frankly, you guys have made too many changes, it was fine only a few months ago, and now you've made so many changes that frankly, no-one really wants. I don't know why you changed the video screen, it was fine as it was. And now look at the homepage, its disgusting, i have no idea where i'm going anymore.

LordofthePort said...

Definitely a step in the right direction as I think we need more categories and ways of finding new videos. As someone else said, I'd like to see videos made in the UK as well as watched.

How about a featured around the world category, so we can see what other countries have featured.

Also, as the site becomes more saturated with videos, how about breaking the categories down further by county/state?

Razzer64 said...

shirla26 and Nintendolad have said everything I want to.

ymo1965 said...

I'm having serious problems deleting old messages now. Whether i just delete each individual message or tag the whole lot and delete that way, there is something wrong. If i hit refresh on the browser or not they are listing.. 3 pages of messages and no way to get rid of them. Come on youtube, its messed up :/ It's telling me i have new messages, i click the link but none are shown, just the old ones. If i try to click the message after deleting it, it says its not there but they are all listed on the page anyway.

Hansfordnick said...

Hi,

I just wish any of the videos I watch actually worked. 80% won't even start. I'm a computer buffoon, but most clips I watch go like this. 2 seconds, freeze, few more seconds, freeze, restart, freeze. I get there eventually, but very irritating. Take care, Nick.

xin0 said...

It sucks!
Why does it suck? Because the Video Game section isn't still in the Category section!

The more you guys keep changing the site's design, the more it gets ruined!

Also, I must have emptied my cache & cookies. So I lost the new design:/ I mean, my inbox design looked like the orgininal. Also..I don't like the new inbox design, where were all the sections merged????
I am happy with the original design.

grant373 said...

have now given up on you tube,cannot get consistant streaming.too frustrating to watch!

randomwritings said...

What is this nonsensical change to reading comments about? It sucks big time. Another reason to start looking for somewhere else to play I think - not that losing the odd contributer bothers YT

shela2 said...

I am not at all happy about the new Contacts General Messages area.. It was just right up til last week and easier to read . There is no way to know if Friends have read letters and You have altered most of the Channel Format that worked well .You should have left it as it was .up until April of this Year...

barrows2005 said...

just a quicky, the new "beta" everytime u click on another vid volume goes back to full and its annoying

kennygee07 said...

Since High quality has been available I cannot play in standard quality and Beta says "sorry this video is no longer available". Can you help? I have been contacted after posting in YouTube blog by others with same problem. kennygee07

Leonidas1x1 said...

what did you do to the way videos and comments are shown? i cant stand it. CHANGE IT BACK!

Leonidas1x1 said...

what did you do to the way videos and comments are shown? i cant stand it. CHANGE IT BACK!

lopwoodsfk said...

please help us have unlimited comments

genericSildenafil said...

have now given up on you tube,cannot get consistant streaming.too frustrating to watch!

genericSildenafil said...

have now given up on you tube,cannot get consistant streaming.too frustrating to watch!

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