Thursday, 26 March 2009

Release Notes: 3/26/2009

Traditionally after site maintenance we've only shared information about the most significant new features. But after witnessing the discussions about what else has changed, we figured more frequent, casual "release notes" would be good to publish as well. That way you can get a broader sense of what's new on the site, from major features to cosmetic touches, as well as background on the thinking or motivation behind some of these items.

* Upload Progress Bar: A new Flash uploader is up for all supported browsers and it comes with a long-awaited (and much-requested) feature: an upload progress bar that lets you know the status of your upload. Our next step will be providing the estimated video processing time for your upload.

* Simpler HD Parameter: We want to give you more control over how your video looks, including the option of it being eye-blazingly clear (HD), so we've now added an official URL parameter (hd=1) for sharing HD links.

* Tweet Tweet: Everyone's on The Twitter these days, so we've added a "share to Twitter" button under the Share options so you can easily send a video into your Twitterstream. (Feel free to change the prefilled text, if you like.) This was a big internal request, but we know many of you asked for it, too. We don't currently shorten the Video URL automagically but hope to get to it down the road.

* Do You EDU? Educational Hub Launches: Using YouTube as a vehicle to democratise learning is one of the coolest, unintended outcomes of the site's existence. YouTube EDU is a volunteer project sparked by a group of employees who wanted to find a better way to collect and highlight all the great educational content being uploaded to YouTube by colleges and universities. We'll feature some of these videos on the home page on Friday and elaborate further in a separate post on that day.

* Mobile Improvements: We're working hard to develop apps and a mobile Web site that enables the best possible video experience on as many devices as possible -- we recognise that mobile is a key component of how people will consume video in the future. So in addition to launching a new mobile landing page, we've cleaned up the upload flow from phone-to-YouTube so this should be a lot more smooth and intuitive now. More on this in a post this weekend.

*Easier to Log In With Google Credentials: If you have your YouTube account associated with your Google account, you no longer have to go to a separate page to log in to YouTube with your Google account information. It's all in one place at sign-in.

* Neater Watch Pages: Yes, sometimes YouTube can feel a bit cluttered, so last night we took some time to "clean up" the presentation on the watch page. Generally, we've heard from you that the action area on this page has been a bit confusing and should be made simpler. So we're streamlining the space beneath the player to better use the available real estate and to present all of the actions more consistently. Some changes you'll notice: a) the action links are a bit smaller and more condensed; b) we've eliminated the tabs for Comments, Statistics & Data and instead made all of these available in expandable sections (which you can collapse/expand using the little arrow), making it easy to expose or hide information in a consistent way. As a side note, we've begun work on a broader watch page redesign to incorporate all the things we've learned since our last major change. Expect to see some ideas and concept sketches on the blog once we're further along.

* A Little Help for Your Friends: The process of connecting with your friends on YouTube will see some bigger improvements soon, but in the meantime, we've added the ability for you to send an invite and personalised note to a username or email address. There's also an instant friend link to instant message if that's your preferred mode of communication -- go to:

* New Names for Sponsored, Promoted and Featured Videos: We've done a bit of spring cleaning with regards to some of the nomenclature on the site. This post from yesterday tells the story.

As always, let us know what you think in the comments below.


The YouTube Team


falletron said...

With regards to the mobile improvements, it would be great if the time taken for uploaded videos to become available on the iPhone YouTube app could be made shorter - it's annoying when I'm out and about, see that someone I subscribe to has just put a new video up, but can't watch it on the move, because it hasn't had time to process for the iPhone yet.

realcelestialphoenix said...

think it might of been something i saif earlier...

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Smurfster1 said...

A progress bar? AT LONG LAST!!!

Dougallz369 said...

Bring music videos back to us!!!

Your making the classic mistake of focussing on the USA, they hold less than 30% of total internet users now, foolish Youtube, 1 year from now and you wont be the main video sharing website, trust!!

eminemsta2000 said...

Im hoping that an app/method of viewing is developed so we can watch these on our psp's & not just our psp's

we got PSPTube but that sucks

mattbeetee said...

I am very impressed with the improvements overall, but the one feature that I think this site desperately needs is a Comment Permalink feature, as having to wade through thousands of comments just to find out how my comment has been rated and replied to is something of a hassle at the moment. Look at sites like Reddit or Digg for examples - you click on your comment and you are catapulted down the page to its whereabouts.

AugZF said...

a little tip: DON'T REGIONALISE MUSIC VIDEOS SUBMITTED BY USERS!!!!!!! plz plz plz, bring back the old youtube!

angelicMisha said...

Agree with mattbeetee, it's annoying not being able to find a comment I made previously. Even when I receive a reply from someone, sometimes it's hard to go back and find out what the heck I said, especially if I replied to a very popular video that has 100 comments added/minute.

electricthecheese said...

Yeay for uploading progress bars.. however Google automatic log-in is starting to tic me off.. As I have a google account, and multiple Youtube accounts... if I want to access a differnt Youtube account.. it means.

1) Log in at Youtube, however automatically logged in as my google account
3) Log out
4) Log in at Youtube as a differnt account
5) Go to and log back into my mail account

supersmithnetwork said...

Next, bring back Music Videos to the UK by paying the license to the PRS!! NOW!

hellyersonline said...

thank you :)

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crapdiscovery said...

So how do i find where i last made a comment on a video?

m12ha3l said...

Hello, I am unsure who to contact about this idea i have so hear it goes i will just post it here and hopefully somone will see it

So after getting information about Youtube not getting too much money from advertising i came up with an idea that goes as follows

Youtube is for videos right ? So why don't you approach companies like Coca-Cola as an example to produce funny videos to put onto Youtube

Youtube can charge such companies to have their videos on youtube and charge for amount of clicks of course

Thank you oXo

blairso247 said...

do any vids play at all cos im just not one bit impressed! you tube team should be ashamed of them selfs.

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