Monday, 29 March 2010

New Video Page Adds Comments Highlight View And Ratings Improvements

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been busy iterating on the new video page design based on your feedback, and we're excited to share some new developments before the page is rolled out to everyone soon. Remember to opt-in here to get a preview of these new features:



Highlights view on comments

Many of you indicated that comments could use an overhaul and hoped that was a part of the redesign. We're happy to say that it is. Today, we're introducing a "highlights view" of comments which summarizes top rated comments, uploader comments, video responses and recent comments in a single "front-page story" that you can drill into for more detail. You can see an example on this video and this one. We're continuing to make the highlights better as we learn how people interact with it, so please let us know what you think in the comments below.




Ratings

We've also made some improvements to the new like/dislike ratings system. When you like a video, we let you know how many people liked it and disliked it. To help you remember the best videos you've encountered, there's a new area housing all the videos that you liked, called (surprise, surprise) "Videos I Liked." In addition, we listened to your feedback and no longer tie 'Liking' something to your Favorites, which you use more for personal saving. Favoriting a video is now the first option when you click "save"; you can continue to save videos to your Favorites in this manner or create another playlist just by typing in the name. Finally, throughout the site, you'll occasionally see a video marked 'Most Liked' to give you an indication that this is a video other people loved, that you may want to check out. We surface popular videos in many ways, and we hope Most Liked becomes a reliable signal that helps you find quality videos to watch.



For quick refresher on the overall video page design, check out this video produced by TheWillofDC:







And if you've opted in but want to go back to the old page, you can opt out here.




UPDATE: After reading your comments, we'd like to note that some of you are opted in permanently to the new page, which means you are part of our current experiment and are unable to opt out. These kinds of experiments help us learn what works on the page and what doesn't, so that we can build the best possible site for you. We've also heard your feedback on Auto-play interrupting your experience and are working on some improvements.



Peter Bradshaw, Software Engineer, recently liked "SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS 'Summer Goddess'," and Tyler Morse, Software Engineer, recently liked "Bottle Bank Arcade - TheFunTheory.com - Rolighetsteorin.se." 

14 comments:

Liam Radge said...

I really like everything except the new comments layout - since all replies are no longer indented and are just lumped in with all the other comments, it looks cluttered and becomes harder to spot if there's a comment thread occurring. The new "@username" thing, although maybe initially thought of as a handy solution to this, isn't; YouTube isn't Twitter.
All good comments sections on any other site rely on indented replies, why should YT break this norm?

HellyersOnline said...

the comments ox provoked more conversations when it was under existing comments as this gave people a chance to quickly see other users comments before they shared their own. Will this really help users get into conversations - or will it simply drive the number of inane comments up as the box is quicker to find?

Truedantalion said...

"Over the past couple of weeks, we've been busy iterating on the new video page design based on your feedback"

Who are those people who give you feedback? They can't be YouTube users.

I have not been asked. And so you just made almost everything wrong again.

Question: Does any of you designer guys operate a channel? Do you upload videos? Do you work on the site? Are you YouTubers?

Aha, no answer. Thought so.

Hannah Hope said...

Have the youtube developers actually been reading most of the comments youtubers have given regarding the new layout??? Most people hate it and would love the option to change back to the old layout.
Some features are good, for example the "like" "dislike" option instead of the ratings, but in general the layout - especially in the comments section - is a complete mess. And why is there no option to see ratings on comments unless they are "highest rated" ?
In my opinion the designers need to begin to actually pay attention to what Youtubers are telling them.

coolrob335 said...

It's nice, but WHERE IS THE SAVE BUTTON WHEN EDITING YOUR VIDEOS!?

nicholsonuk said...

THE WHOLE PAGE ITS SHIT, CHANGE IT BACK

applecorelondon said...

I think it's shit and can you change the video above with this guy talking so fast it is so irritating what a dick!! Bring back the rating system please, it was a lot easier sorting out the bad from the good!!

Jok3r098 said...

peoples preferences seem to have a great deal of variety, perhaps you need a "customize my youtube" page!

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