Wednesday, 31 March 2010

New video page launches for all users

As you may know, we're in the midst of one of the largest redesigns in YouTube's history: we're simplifying the look and functionality of the video page. That's the page you see whenever a video plays, and this redesign is about going "back to basics," focusing attention on the reason why you came to YouTube in the first place -- the video -- and all the ways you engage with content and creators.


We first unveiled the new video page two months ago and checked in four weeks later to tell you about the latest set of changes. Truth is, we've been thinking about this for a long time: what you see is the result of eight months' worth of user research, feedback and data analysis. Now, after a few more additions based on your latest feedback, we are rolling it out to 100% of YouTube users.

Here's what's new about the page:

Overall look and functionality
- It's cleaner, simpler and easier to use.
- Information about a video is now grouped together in one place and there's a consistent way to get more detail when you need it. This way, unless something's truly useful to you, it doesn't clutter up your page.
- We've cleaned up the actions bar; you'll see a streamlined presentation for sharing, flagging and embedding controls.

Discovery
- The right-hand side of the page is devoted to the next video to watch. We're smarter about suggesting the next videos to watch based on how you found the video you're watching in the first place.
- The channel name and subscribe button are now both on top of the video. We found that you prefer having a quick peek at more videos uploaders have created before deciding whether to subscribe to their channels.

Playlists
- There's a new playlist interface, with the next video in the list appearing consistently in the top right. You can easily expand that list or skip ahead using a new next button in the player controls.
- Saving to playlists is easier, and we've made Favourites the default option.

Ratings
- We've replaced the five-star ratings system with a simpler "likes / dislikes" model and introduced a new "Videos I Liked" list.

Comments
- Comments have a new highlights view which summarizes the best discussions and celebrates when creators communicate with their audiences.

We know this is a big change, but we hope you'll find the new page to be an improvement to your YouTube experience and to be a reflection of what you've told us thus far through your usage of the site and your comments to us. We'll be gathering in a conference room at our San Bruno, CA, headquarters at 6 p.m. PT today and tomorrow, and in London at 9 a.m. GMT tomorrow, to respond in near-real-time to your comments in the forums, on this blog and on Twitter. Of course, we'll be listening at other times, too, but we wanted to make sure we were available when you might have the most questions about these changes.

Igor Kofman, Software Engineer, recently watched "Pantyraid - Beba," and Shiva Rajaraman, Product Manager, recently watched "Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #2."

171 comments:

Ticarus said...

whoever thought the 'revamp' to be an improvement should be fired. the new disign is terrible.

Chlo said...

Gawd, these layouts suck! YouTube what the fuck are you thinking? You hit a nerve with me after using the beta channels, and if you make this design permanent you're gonna hit another one and I'll just leave for Dailymotion :)

Anonymous Randomness said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

The star rating system is gone, the comments for videos are all messed up and it's so much harder getting to my playlists (I liked it when you could jump to your playlists from the homepage)

And where's my random shuffle button for the playlist!!! Seriously this was an amazing feature why's it gone!

Anonymous Randomness said...

Oh and by the way random shuffle is a very important thing to me so if this isn't fixed, I'm off.

classicmacintosh said...

...come on.... for heavens sake just WHO thought this was a good idea... the awful beta channels were bad enough... then you hit us with this TRASH! Anyone for blip.tv yet? I sure am!

Mark said...

so is this an early april fools or what?

Andy said...

I think the new design is great, its simple, clean and does its job. Dare I say its very apple like. I especially like the recommended videos on the right. Nice job youtube!

wormerboy said...

put it back to the way it was it was simpler then not now i agree with whoever said "whoever thought of that idea should be fired" and they should the new design is not only more complicated but harder to use and pointless because everyone was fine with the old design no one asked for a new layout so why make a new one

sarahlou89 said...

The new video page is horrible, and from what I've seen the majority feel this way.
Nothing needed changing, why change?

There should at least be an option to opt out.

Craig said...

I like the new simplified layout, however I disagree with the removal of the rating systems. Why take it out? If I neither hate nor love a video, what am I supposed to do, just not express any opinion at all?

hglazm said...

Look, I can see that google is trying to become "web 2.0" with a new layout that has no lines anywhere and is fucking impossible to use.

Well cut it the fuck out. There are a couple features that are cool, particularly the ability to scroll through the uploaders entire video library without leaving the video, but my fuck the new layout is atrocious. It first of all looks like somebody is learning HTML and hasnt learned how to use colors yet. The awkward placement of everything makes navigation a pain. This "like or dislike" crap doesnt work, because there is no "pure good" or "pure bad" video. The 5 star system worked fine.

And this comment system is the worst part. Highest rated comments? REALLY google? You honestly think anybody will want to see who said the most witty thing?

At least give us the option to revert back to the old layout. My god google, what you had was golden. You're trying to fix something that isn't broke.

Smurfy said...

ITT: Idiots hate change.

SINA said...

It has pros and cons.

As a web designer and developer, it has some improvements but please please and please move the poster and video details back to its place on the right side bar. it SUCKS right now!

I like the web 2.0 ish parts, however youtube was already web2.0.

And we need those 5 stars :(:( :( :(

Shadow120 said...

APRILFOOLS

Scarian said...

Sigh. People get so weird on April Fool's day; YT wouldn't change it this way permanently. It's obviously just a joke; don't get so riled up about it.

ChazFox said...

I'm guessing april fool's joke.

Stop bitching, ya pussies.

UntoldInk said...

It's horrible! Seriously, I don't feel like reading any comments anymore, it's so god damn confusing.
Just why? why? WHY?!?! I REALLY loved the old look!

GXPtube said...

You Lot who think this is an Aprils Fool joke? wtf? IT NOT!!!!!!!

Greg said...

This is terrible. Sometimes the old way is the best way.

heyrickmail-generic said...

I *really* hope this is an April Fools joke, for the new layout is absolutely horrible on an eeePC901, you need to scroll up and down to see the video and then read its description.
It'll also make a legion of video bloggers seem totally weird - like they say "just hit subscribe" and point to their left. :-)

On the other hand, the ASCII version ought to be the ultimate geek quality option. I thought the ASCII video was pretty cool. It's a shame &textp=fool won't work for other things. Oh well. :-)

[BTW, Blogger sucks! I had to fire up IE8 because after disabling all the script blocking and allowing all cookies, it *still* complained; hell, my BANK can work with my desire to filter what I let on my machine, why can't Blogger?]

Doppel said...

New layout is absolutely unusable with no dividers, no organization, a complete mess.

No star rating system either.

John said...

This had BETTER be an April Fools joke.

Even so, I can't stand this terrible piece of web failure for 24 hours!!

darren said...

Personally i think its terrible, bring it back to normal, its awkward to use, i loved the beta channels but seriously the way the partner banners are placed and the description just put it back to normal there has been a strong community response, the only thing i did like and found it quite amusing was the advertisements the way it splits up and i placed in another window

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PiperTheGreat said...

somehow, i don't think youtube will listen to any of this, but i'll try anyway. Youtube, this new layout is shit, just complete and utter rubbish, there is no organisation to it whatsoever, the old one was fine. everything is just all over the place, and i'm not saying this because i don't like change, i'm saying this because i just can't believe that a whole load of people at the offices of youtube, thought and agreed that this was the way to go. i admit that some features like the strip of users videos was cool, but the rest of the change arounds are not needed. couldn't you have accomplished a simplification without screwing the whole thing up? sort it out...

ebneter said...

Overall I like it, but the disappearance of the "related" videos is annoying -- now all I see are more videos from the same person who posted the one I'm viewing.

thedohctor said...

What the hell is this?! I know in my mind this isn't an April Fools joke but I'm still desperately hoping it is. Yet again, Youtube have changed something that didn't need fixing. The BETA pages, I could handle but this is just disgraceful. Everything is cluttered up everywhere! I know the five star system didn't work but please don't just have thumbs up and thumbs down like I have to either LOVE or HATE every video, what about a sideways thumb if I just liked it?

There are no lines to this and everything is so cluttered up, I can't be bothered reading the comments on videos anymore, not only due to it looking atrocious but half of them are about hating the new youtube layout!

Sort it out, Youtube. Please.

Will said...

Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid

Why YouTube if its not broken don't fix it "more easily accessible" but honestly its not you have made it worse and i think your find that a lot of people will agree That it is a stupid decision Were's the favorite button already mistake number one,you need a favorite button for easier use, five star button was the coolest thing and i liked the witty lines you-tuber would come up with.

Yours sincerely Sim725

p.s don't muck it up again or you'll find allot of people will stop using YouTube in general

Little said...

This is absolutely ATROCIOUS. If you force me into keeping with this trash, I am quitting YouTube. It is terrible design, about one hundred times worse than the old design, and it is designed horribly.

The morons that designed this should be shot. Bring back the better designers.

will.dixon said...

Am i seriously the only person who likes the new layout? It's much more mature and streamlined.

Everyone who's complaining will be accustomed to it within a fortnight, and they'll forget what the old pages even looked like. Heck, they should already be used to it, the trial runs have been going long enough!

reece said...

OMG HAVE YOU SEE ALL THESE COMMENTS! ITS OBVIOUS THIS NEW LAYOUT IS DISGUSTING!
I WANT PEOPLE TO RATE MY VIDEO! I WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO SUBSCRIBE WHILE WATCHING MY VIDEO! I WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO SEE MY CHANNEL PICTURE AND VIDEO DESCRIPTION CLEARER! WTF YOUTUBE! YOUR GETTING 95% NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, CHANGE IT BACK NOW!

frogs-from-hell said...

i hate the new desighn im so annoyed o lets go reck up the video page that everyone ws used to sure it wasn't great but it was simple and good im apalled,annoyed,disgrased and sad that youtube would change one of the best bits of youtube into a monster im so anoyed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
change it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whogopenguin said...

Terrible. Absolutely terrible.

My 7 year old nephew could do better and he doesn't even know HTML.

If you don't change it back within 72 hours, I am leaving YouTube.

hitchhikers said...

This new design is the worst thing I have ever seen. Seriously, it should be taken down as soon as possible, its bad even for Aprils fool day. I will honestly make a video site than use youtube if it stays like this.

exiinct said...

Pathetic!

MissTibbs said...

This is a mess. You haven't made it easier to use - you've made it far more hassle. When I first logged on here this morning, I thought there was a technical problem and tried to refresh the page - I can't believe this layout was intentional. The text is too faded, the comments section is just a total mess, various options such as "History" appear to have gone, you've made it more hassle to get to playlists. If you paid people for 8 months to come up with this, then you've thrown good money down the tube - youtube!

codcomedy said...

This is the worst youtube layout that l have seen, the others werent great but you got used to them; but this one is apsolutely crap! Please change it back if you want to keep half the people on youtube!!!

Royace said...

(This is JordyAGE8's Blogger user.)
This is making me angry, resulting in me quitting. YouTube has failed.
Pros:
YouTube logo looks nicer.
Cons:
Rating system is horrible now (now only thumbs up/down instead of 1-5 stars.)
Everything is!
Ideas:
Revert it back to normal.
(Reason: If this isn't changed in a week, i'm leaving for good.)

Kieran said...

This layout sucks :(

Jamie said...

Hello All. You can let us know what you think about the new design by commenting on our blog (it looks like a few of you have made a start on this already), posting in the forum, and through Tweets via @YouTube. You can also provide your feedback by filling out this survey:
https://survey.googleratings.com/wix/p4095212.aspx

Daiger said...

this isnt an april fools joke, i had this new layout for a few weeks now and ever since it changed things started to break, i cant favourite anything anymore, i cant view all of my favourites on my channel the "like" and "dislike" functions arent working and i cant even comment on anything

endi1992 said...

PLEASE remove this.
It is not good :S

Please change it back.
Otherwise, I'm gone, this is hard enough to navigate....

WHY FIX A WORKING THING?

Jamie said...

Daiger,
The ability to Favourite a video is included in the new layout. If you click on the 'Save To' tab, you will see a dropdown menu of options, the first of which is 'Favourites'. If you click on this, it will add the video you are watching to your Favourites list.

rec205 said...

This layout is pretty bad. No doubt part of that impression is from the newness of it; but the apparent removal of the random play option from playlists is pointless and really, really annoying. Why has this been removed? Am I mistaken, and it's actually hidden away somewhere, winking at me? Jamie?

Jamie said...

rec205,
There is no winking. Of that I have been assured. However, you are right in noting that 'Random Play' has been removed -- that is a functionality in Playlists that is likely to return in the future (a few people have noted its absence).

sent.siva said...

new design is Very bad!!

reece said...

jamie just give us the old layout back!

Daiger said...

Jamie
the save to tab doesnt work, i click it and it doesnt do anything, its the same with the rest f the problems im having

rec205 said...

Thanks for your reply Jamie. I'm sure the changes will seem more reasonable once the initial shock and outrage of distraught youtubers across the land has exhausted itself (and random play is returned!).

Jamie said...

Daiger,
It sounds like you may have a browser issue. Have you tried to access YouTube through a different browser?

Jamie said...

Reece,
The new Watch Page is at 100% -- but you can provide feedback here: https://survey.googleratings.com/wix/p4095212.aspx

thaham666 said...

the new layout really is disgraceful.
i know it sounds petty, but it takes twice as many clicks to do anything, you can't just favourite a video, or rate it without having to go through some sort of drop down box.
the 5 star system was far more versatile too.
the lack of clear page compartmentalization is also ugly.
sorry

Tim said...

This is rubbish, apart from the logo, and to find youur channel, it's fine. All other stuff shit. You cant rate on videos, cant see related videos, and the comment thing is totally messed up. I rather comment like I always have done, then the hassle of the new way. Change it, or Im going to another site

Skul said...

The new layout is drab, dull and boring. 99.9% of the community hates it. The site is called YOUTube, right? I'm assuming "You" as in "Us", the users, not YOU, the ones behind the scenes.

Also, why can't I choose to play high quality videos automatically? I can only choose "Never play higher quality" or "Dynamic". I don't want either of them; I've always played videos in HQ. Is this another "improvement"?

Great escaper said...

Change it back, its horrible, I can't rate, I don't know how to see more videos from this user anymore and it feels like something some has knocked up themselves in HTML in a couple of seconds. This, coupled with the glitch that doesn't let me close the videos I want to see on my subscriptions page is driving me away from Youtube.

Birdcage said...

Jamie, please tell me this is an April Fools joke. I took the survey, so what I feel about the new layout is there for people to read, but this new system is a travesty. The old one worked, perfectly. I never, ever had any problems with it. At least give us the option to change back to the old layout, or I fear you'll be losing a lot of your advert revenue.

droobey said...

Its nice but needs a few fixes

5 star Ratings back. Sometimes I like a video a bit not a lot.

When I click a video in my subscriptions could I have the option not to AutoPlay them all by default.

And to people hating it - this is just like new Facebook all over again - give it a month or two and everyone will get used to it, like it and have no problems with it.

And the new watch page isn't an April fools Joke - it was mentioned a few days ago
http://youtubeukblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-video-page-adds-comments-highlight.html

Edward said...

Congratulations on your revamp! Very impressive.
It would be even better if half the videos hadn't become inoperable. I try to find a video- even an old video, and I am faced with white space and an interminable wait while it tells me it's downloading data from s.ytimg.com.
Where are the videos?

I've tried using IE and Chrome rather than Firefox, I've tried updating Flash, I've tried deleting all cookies and disabling NoScript.
I don't care what the Youtube pages look like- I do care that I can't watch the Youtube videos I want, when I want. Fix that and you can have all the design tweaks you want.

Edward said...

Streamlined design? It's certainly uncontaminated by videos!

Evilgidgit said...

Truth be told this new design is harder to follow than the previous one. Hopefully I'll get used to it in time, but I think instead of enforcing it onto all users you should ask us whether we want to have the new design or not.

koksy said...

Worst website redesign in the history of the internet. The whole thing just looks a total mess. Epic FAIL! Please bring back the old one.

Jamie said...

I much preferred the older design, It was easier to navigate; And It was just far better. Quite a bit of a waste of time on the re-design because It wasn't needed.

xtreme128 said...

I think the new design looks bland and boring and i liked having the description box to the side (almost) with banners :)

wcblackburn said...

I just saw the box to revert back to the old style design but i accidentally closed it, wheres the link i need to click to revert back please?

Daiger said...

ive tried IE8 and chrome now instead of firefox and they both have the same problems so that can only mean youtube has made an error somewhere that needs to be fixed because ive had these problems for almost 2 week now

Jakub said...

I've not experienced anything as frustrating as this new layout for a long time now. Thanks for making my life worse, I needed that.

Nneb101 said...

YouTube obviously dosn't care about its users anymore, ever since its been took over by google its ignored us users.

When this layout was in tryout mode or beta if you wish nearly 4/5 people said they hated it, in comments... BUT DOES YOUTUBE LISTEN? NO!

I SAY LEAVE YOUTUBE! LEAVE GOOGLE THEN SEE WHO, CARES ABOUT THE USERS. WE WON'T RETURN YOUTUBE FIRST THE CRAPPY NEW CHANNELS NOW THIS YOU DON'T GIVE A TOSS ABOUT US TUBERS!

rickaricka1 said...

fuck you youtube you are fucking bunch of 12 year old kids. what the fuck is up with the new layout, we can't even comment without replying to random comments, what's with the "highest rated" shit, crippled blank white layout confusing piece of shit.

conster last said...

People really don't like change. Can people realize that Google/YouTube are trying to give us stuff for free? People should be grateful.

Jakub said...

Oh yes! I am terribly grateful that they gave us a new ugly and confusing layout. I also admire the decision not to let us decline such a generous gift! And all this for free too! Can you even believe how lucky we are?

NutGoesNerd said...

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ Fuck the new layout COPY AND PASTE IF HATE THE NEW YOUTUBE

rickaricka1 said...

you fucking tube, 1st changing the video front page layout to "most popular" and then the channels, so far these were things that you can get used to it but now this fucking thing is complete horrible for the simple fact that you don't have a fucking layout, everythings just crippled on a blank white page

Tim said...

People really don't like change. Can people realize that Google/YouTube are trying to give us stuff for free? People should be grateful.

ha ha ha ha ha ha. When will you learn, the old youtube was better. How would you feel if a site you like, an old format then they changed it to something you got confused in, really how would you feel?

The 5 star ratings, is what made Youtube popular, now you cant comment in the normal way, cant see how many ratings until you clicked liked. The only thing good, is where you name is, you clicked the arrow, but it's confusing in that you cant see your inbox well. All the rest is awful, and youtube YOU means us, not YOU AS IN GOOGLE :D

Bloody cheek

Tim said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hands-Up-if-you-hate-the-new-YouTube-_/111411408886133?ref=mf

Created a page. Oh conster how would you feel if amazon changed their page, you wouldn't be happy would you?

bolmedias said...

Serious question...am I the only one who doesn't have the new layout yet?

Fuzileer said...

Wow google.

Just wow.

What the heck was wrong with the old design? Seriously?

Old layout:
The star system was PERFECT. WHY in the name of GOD would you change it? Thumbs up or down? Well done for limiting our options. Im simply baffled at why you thought getting rid of it will "Improve" the whole thing.

The colour use of red and white combination made it A LOT cleaner. Now you've given us white and a crappy shade of white - it looks messy, the text on the page seems to be thrown EVERYWHERE.

Now, the new design:

The links at the top of the page (browse, TV shows and Upload) should be in button form, not text-clicking. Why arent most links done in button form instead of ensuring the mouse is exactly on the link I want to go to?

And now watching a video is simply ugly. Why? I've got "related videos" listed on the right hand side of the video. Whats wrong with the description being put there? It was nice to just glance over to the side and read about the video before it started, not have to look down the page to read the description then scroll up once it started. Infact, the whole description box is gone and replaced with and ugly interface - a block of TEXT, much like this paragraph. Its ugly isnt it? Imagine having this below a video that you're watching. How ugly and cramped is that? BOX IT OFF AT THE SIDE.

The comments layout is ugly, too. Why allow the text of the comment to go right underneath the username? Why is the thumbs up-sign not placed to the side and cramped up into the text, too?

In conclusion - this is the most disgusting layout yet. You;ve made some UNNECCESARY changes to a layout that was FINE in the first place.

Clearly the key word used for this design is the word "cramped".

PLEASE change it back.

-Chris- said...

BOOOOOO!!! It's terrible! Why this change? What was wrong with the old one?? There wasn't anything wrong. I find this one confusing, heavy on the eyes and the comments section is looking its worst since this site was created! Fuck this! Is this where YouTube is heading now? It gets worse every update!
At least give us an option to chose the one we like best or something...

Top_hat said...

I hope this is an April Fools joke. If it isn't, change it back NOW, this sucks and nobody liked it.

Musiphone said...

You utter bastards, if you keep this layout you will lose almost 87% of your users, it's fucked (Youtube? Dicktube!).

Fire the person who thought this would be a good idea and revert back to the old layout.

Who thought - removing the 5 star rating system, removing related videos, phucking up the comment system and screwing up the LOGO! - would be a good idea? The TEXTp videos are good, they save you money and speed up buffering time of music videos (one that just have one picture). But the layout change is fucking bullshit (you'd be better 'fucking bullshit').

Now listen to the thousands of people and hundreds of videos and revert back.

blue_chameleon said...

I don't need to add anything. The comments of the people above are clear.

It's beyond a joke.

Slam said...

This is horrible, I want the old layout back. It wasn't broken, there was no need to dick about with it.
The comments on this new one all seem to merge together as there's no longer any seperators and the usernames aren't in bold, same with the related videos, and why on Earth did you decide to move the "more from..." from on the right to the top?
I know it's April fools day, but this new layout is just shit.

Spoonraker said...

YouTube, A BIG "Thumbs Down" on your new layout!

nicholsonuk said...

This is an awful move on your part youtube, CHANGE IT BACK YOU IDIOTS

Nara said...

I dunno if this is an april's fool joke or not, but I actually kinda like it, I find it simpler and easier to use...

so... wouldn't mind if it reverts back to the old layout tommorrow, but wouldn't mind as well if it turns out that it's not a joke :)

Lani said...

I really hope the new design layout is part of the April Fools joke...because if not I'm going to be pissed.
The designer needs to be shot. I WANT MY STAR RATINGS BACK!

Paul said...

Absolute Rubbish!

Change it back or at least give us the option on whether to change or not rather than just forcing it down our throats

Freya said...

hate it. its harder to use now please change it back please or have an option to go back to the original version.

Edward said...

I would happily pay a small monthly fee to use Youtube IF, and only if, the old functionality and access to videos were restored. However, this is a total mess. I cannot access videos unless they are stored in a Youtube cache. Is this a consequence of the redesign, or is this just an additional bug?

Jon said...

The new layout is retarded. Please get rid of this April Fool.

Sandy McCallum said...

Lol great April fools guys! Lol

Sandy

Tim said...

If it was a Aprils Fools, why was it posted 31st March ?

Edward said...

It's past noon, guys.

SpAM_CAN said...

Its an organisational mess, with a poor rating system and hideous colouring. Change it back!

camydoger said...

Instead of just saying "what the flying fuck are you doing youtube" or something to that effect, I'm going to offer constructive criticism.

First of all, I think the original goal of simplifying the video pages was a good idea, but you've gone the wrong way about doing it. The description was perfectly fine at the side, and you could still simplify it by having the description be part of the video flash object. Have a small button on the side saying "view description" - when clicked, the description flies out to the side. So as not to interfere with the related videos on the side, the related videos would be pushed down.

Onto the comments.

Having the "post comment" box above the rest of the comments is a good idea I think, but the "top rated comments" part is wholly unnecessary. This seems to severely detract from the original goal of simplicity - I really couldn't care less which comments have been deemed by the (mostly retarded) youtube community the best.

A better system of displaying the comments would be to increase the number of comments shown, but put them in a scrolling text box to save space. Now with very popular videos, this presents a problem because there will be literally thousands of comments. To prevent this, simply add a page system again, but only after 100 or so comments.

Anyway, that's all I can think of at the moment. Good luck with whatever the fuck you're doing youtube.

camydoger said...

Also, the thumbs up/down ratings for videos I disagree with, but you could improve it by (I suppose) putting the percentages of like/dislike next to the videos on the related videos section, and also in search results. This will help to filter out the crap that I accidentally click on sometimes.

Charleeh said...

I wish this was an April fools, but seeing as this layout has been appearing for me for a while; I guess not.

I feel the page looks hideous. It reminds me of a virus infested porno site. The comments are IMPOSSIBLE to understand; I have no clue what the hell is going on there and a lot of the time I can't reply.
The removal of the rating system is also a load of tripe; it was something that was good for youtube rather than this facebook 'LIKE' rip-off. Seriously.
I like some features, for example, looking through a users videos while still being able to watch your current video. However, if we lost this feature on returning the layout to how it was, I would be more than willing to say goodbye. :)

MightyKyran said...

RIP YouTube we all loved...
the comment section just looks a mess...
the page may be simpler and easy to use but it just looks dull.
the favourite button is gone...
related videos have merged into a new bar on the side...
i strongly dislike this new design, i really do hope the team at YouTube read all of these comments and do what the mass majority want... a return to the old layout. Nobody asked for a new layout, so why make one?

bert_alxfd07 said...

I agree with the above user on infested porno site. as much as porn is a good thing for society. this porn isn't. I hate to say it. but sometimes porn is bad. back to my topic of youtube, I dislike the new layout very much because it has this uncomfortable feel rather then the more "homey" feel that youtube once had. Without the rating system, i feel I cant rate a video, much less than just comment on it which who reads all comments anyways? I hope it goes back to the old way.

rg_1488 said...

I applaud the keeping it simple approach, but the removal of the separate Related and Channel Videos section is bizarre.

What could be easier than the two columns like before? Now I have to go into the channel page to see the next most recent video.

Kev said...

I'm all for change, change is good, but only when it improves whats been changed. And this new design really is pretty bad! Its ugly and bland and certainly not easier to use. Sure, we'll all get used to it but that goes for the old design too. Were there really people that found it confusing to use? Because if there were they're going to have an equally hard time with this new one. There wasn't that much wrong with the old design, certainly it didn't require a complete rethink. The comments are a nightmare to read now. And the description looks a mess. I uploaded my very first video earlier and the description was all over the place with the text split into loads of different paragraphs, sometimes mid-sentence.

Truly awful.

Please bring back the old layout, or at least let us have the option to customise it the way we want.

ejoi1976 said...

what the hell are YOU doing?????? this is a complete mess. the old format was working just fine.... clearly this is a waste of time and money hiring THOSE IDIOTS for the revamp.................. R.I.P YOUTUBE :-(

Jamfozz said...

Right, YouTube, the two things that shouldn't change!
1. The description box!
2. The rating system!

Jamfozz said...

Adding to my last comment... You get millions of views so why would you need to change it? This was a bad move people aren't gonna bother if they can't understand the site!

Raina Audron said...

oh wow...things are getting worse and worse here.. how about letting us vote for a design we want most?
You "simplified" the channel button on top right leaving awful amount of free space - I´m asking, what for? I dont see any new messages& getting to my main page takes more time now.. not to mention the horrible video watching page. I dont get it why you must always change something.

Ming said...

this new design is HORRIBLE! What the heck did you guys do to this?

Please keep the sorting of "most watched", "date added", etc... as sortable options for videos from the user.

And the long list of videos on the right side is too long. It's an eye sore. Keep it less... or at least give us an option to decide how many to see at a time...

change the layout back to the original! you're ruining a good thing... this is a downgrade!

BB said...

Y'know, everyone hated it when you put it up for trial, who the HELL thought it was a good idea to go with it anyway!?

Glynn Sole said...

Please join my Facebook campaign to return the old
You Tube design.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=105654716136494

wcblackburn said...

Navigating around Youtube on the whole used to be a one click process, now alot of it take two... How is that simplifying things?

I didn't mind the previous changes,i embraced them and usually signed up for Beta, but this new one really is terrible both to look at and navigate. I garuntee you i will never get used to it like i did the previous changes.

Youtube's mistakes is someone else's gain though and their biggest mistake of all is that they don't listen to the people who make them who they are. . Im off to do some web dev.

MidtownBusService said...

Oh my god!!! The new pages are hideous. I like the old ones better! Change them back! The new ones are too confusing.

Xsear said...

I can't stand this new design.

I tried, I really did, but I fail to find any positive changes.

Wherever I place the cursor, something goes black or blue, large pops up to cover half the screen and then my browser just decides that it's game over and kills itself without error messages.

The video itself? Wait, there's a video on these pages? If you mean that black little box that barely shines past the related videos, oh, no wait, that's a pop up.

The comment system is absolutely horrible! How am I supposed to make any sense of which comment is who's, where it belongs and to which reply it was posted? Oh, the @xxx sign? Hm, doesn't seem like that comment made it on the front page, I'm really excited about manually clicking through 253 pages in the hope of finding it.

You've also turned every single feature that I wanted to have direct access to into a multi functional button which are coded so badly that I'm no longer able to use them.

GG.

maverick said...

Hey youtube, one question, you said you have been listening to feedback for a good while now and your taking all this on board but if you have for example 1000 people fo feedback and 97 didnt like the new layout, at what does it take for you to understand this is not a good idea and to either go back to the old layout or give users a choice to use the new or the old! if you are honest you will give us the figures as to how many like compared to not like at all the new design, but i know this wont happen as the only way youtube will stop this new layout is when the users (ie us the public) stop using it!!! I hope u do listen and prove nearly all of us wrong! thanx again...

sparky said...

Favorites and playlist button the same - split them back up please!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also you've taken away the RANDOM option on playlists- that's totally annoying, the new format's fine but why drop functionality?

You did all this on April Fool's day & i was hoping it was a joke..

NOT impressed not impressed not impressed

Please listen & put the old comfys back, I love what yr doing here & don't ask for much, I just hope enuff other users nag you about the same issues!!

Ta for listening.x

Richard said...

I like the new layout in general, but it is annoying that you have to rate a video before you can see how other people have rated it.

conster last said...

@Jakub: Try to answer in a way which is not sarcastic.
@Tim: Don't do "ha ha ha ha ha", it makes you sound like you have a low IQ.
I would be very happy if Amazon updated their page and made it more modern.
I can understand the "can't see ratings until I rate" bit but there is really no reason to hate stuff that was created for you for FREE. Yes, I can understand it if it is worthless but really, Do people have to spam comments on unrelated videos doing this "I hate new layout" sh*t?

The funny thing is that I have Asperger's and supposedly we don't like change.

(I liked the beta channels also.)

nicholsonuk said...
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nicholsonuk said...

Give us the old screen back, the new one sucks ass, I won't list all the reasons as it would take all year.

FIX IT NOW.

euan2000 said...

The redesign sucked so bad I mistok it for the April fools joke.

blue said...

Oh god it's horrible, I've lost all faith in youtube

digitaltoast said...

This is just fail on so many levels apart from just aesthetically and technically.
They keep pointing people towards a page "explaining" the new layout, but really it's just like trying to polish a turd. Horrible. Change it back.

davey said...

Hi, I'm sure you thought it was the right thing to do, but there really was nothing wrong with the old layout.

Your new video page looks like something that's 15 years old.

This isn't just about resistance to change it's genuinely less sophisticated. Please just put it back.

p.s.,the only good thing is the like/dislike

nicholsonuk said...

The whole point of the 5 star system was to give different level of like, which is useful for judging content, quality and temprement of the forum in which it was presented.

SIMPLE DOES EQUAL BETTER

It is useless for those of us with brains who like information. This page looks like it was designed by an idiot for idiots.

Jamfozz said...

Look, I recommend you put a poll on the home page to see what people prefer.

ComingWithTheClouds said...

I have to say that the new design is awful.

mohawk388 said...

Hate the new youtube -used to get comments every day on my videos -NONE since the change-over !PLEASE PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quiet said...

I prefer the old stars rating. Why do you have to change things without asking your users first. You show show more respect or users will be leaving in droves.

Viper H said...

This layout is fucking terrible. Please give us an option to put it back to the way it was. Upgrades are one thing, but removing functionality and forcing EVERY SINGLE USER to use it is completely ridiculous.

Youtube shot themselves in the foot with the terrible beta channels, and they're doing it again with this shit.

Surely you can see from the user response that this unnecessary revamp was a terrible idea.

Please Youtube, have some sense and revert this back to the original layout. I was hoping it was an April Fools joke but now it's getting ridiculous.

How bad is that when people think your godawful layout is an April Fools joke? Sort it out. Now.

langrishe said...

awful, awful, awful

someone needs to be fired

desposy said...

this monstrosity took 8 months? you spent eight months ignoring feed back of "it ent broke don't fix it"? please at least give us an option to turn this mess off

Little said...

It's been THREE DAYS suffering this nightmare. When are they going to change it back to the superior layout?

Lol the coders designing this trash are unbelievable. Untalented idiots, making completely worthless trash.

It's 'simpler'? No, you just made everything unnavigable and then dumbed down the rating system for no reason.

PATHETIC.

Little said...

Let me break this down for you, you obviously have too low IQs to understand if I don't.

Overall look and functionality
- It's cleaner, simpler and easier to use.

It's simpler, as a result of this it looks like something decades old, before web design became good.

- Information about a video is now grouped together in one place and there's a consistent way to get more detail when you need it. This way, unless something's truly useful to you, it doesn't clutter up your page.

What on earth were you thinking? Why have you moved everything to inconvenient places? Why have you added stupid drop down menus where it isn't needed, and just decreases helpful navigability? It's a joke.

- We've cleaned up the actions bar; you'll see a streamlined presentation for sharing, flagging and embedding controls.

I hate it. I don't want to sit through hours of drop down menus to click something.

Discovery
- The right-hand side of the page is devoted to the next video to watch. We're smarter about suggesting the next videos to watch based on how you found the video you're watching in the first place.

What do you mean 'the next video to watch'? That isn't how 98% of the population USE YouTube. We don't want to be told suggestions on what to watch; that's what Related Videos is for. Talking of Related Videos, where on earth have you put it? And where's the 'More from this uploader' box gone?

- The channel name and subscribe button are now both on top of the video. We found that you prefer having a quick peek at more videos uploaders have created before deciding whether to subscribe to their channels.

YES, AND WE DO THAT WITH THE 'MORE VIDEOS FROM THIS UPLOADER' BOX YOU REMOVED FOR NO REASON. PATHETIC. WE DON'T WANT TO LOOK ABOVE A VIDEO - IT LOOKS MESSY.


Playlists
- There's a new playlist interface, with the next video in the list appearing consistently in the top right. You can easily expand that list or skip ahead using a new next button in the player controls.

And it's useless. I will never use it. I never have wanted to. I don't think anybody has.

- Saving to playlists is easier, and we've made Favourites the default option.

No, it's more tedious. Before i could very easy add videos to my playlist or to my favourites, and now I have to go through even more drop down menus just to do it.

Ratings
- We've replaced the five-star ratings system with a simpler "likes / dislikes" model and introduced a new "Videos I Liked" list.

SIMPLER? No, it's just stupid, and this is what I hate the most. The five star rating system was far superior to this dumbed-down, idiots' version. I think it's complete rubbish.

Comments
- Comments have a new highlights view which summarizes the best discussions and celebrates when creators communicate with their audiences.

The comments are probably ONE OF the worst things about this downgrade (all of it's terrible, but this by far is one of the most unappealing). Why the hell have you removed the separators and made it look like a mess? The paragraph blocks are thrown around everywhere, it's a complete mess and all of it looks like a dumbed down version so five year olds can easily navigate it. I know that is your age group, but this is complete trash and you should be serving people who evidently have higher IQs and intelligence than you.

Overall rating: 0/10
Total downgrade from a clean interface. Turned into a complete mess.

Xoffer said...
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Xoffer said...

I have to say I'm unimpressed with the new layout. In particular with the rating system, details/info of video and saving to favourites.

I don't think there was ANYTHING wrong with the 5 star system other than maybe adding more stars however this is something I used to quickly gauge the quality of a video instead of having to endure 5 minutes of pain. This leads to spending the same amount of time on YT with less success in finding videos I really want to watch.

Where's the info? It's now spread out, changed position completely and been scattered over the whole page. This is not usability friendly IMO. There is information behind buttons, buttons and more buttons. Using buttons is a cheap, quick and nasty way of tidying the page up, especially with putting subscriptions well away from the rest of the videos similar to the active one. Why put them at the top? Noone ever looks between the YT logo and the video. Very poor usability.

Favourites - for a short while, I trawled through a few videos thinking that by hitting 'like' (a la StumbleUpon), I was saving them to my favourites. No sirreee I was contributing to a very vague rating system and have probably lost a few potential gems. Now I see 'favourites' are hidden behind another button.


There was literally nothing wrong with the layout before, give or take the odd tweak but I personally do not think there was a need for a revamp/regression. This appears to be an exercise in EGO! HEY GUYS LOOK HOW TIDY IT IS!

This is not tidy, this is like sweeping the muck under the carpet; sure you can see the floor but it's now harder to walk across through all the dirt and toys hidden underneath.

I certainly hope you can take some of our comments seriously as I think there has been a major change implemented without much broadcast of what exactly is happening.

Jim_Watford said...

Good god this is awful, if it's not broke don't fix it. At least give people the option to switch back to the old version even if it is with the silly thumbs things.

Musiphone said...

I think they're (utube) are glad no one can find their complaint form, I wonder what their email is (so I can message them =>).

andymooseman said...

I have nothing against uogrades. But, surely their purpose is to improve? This "upgrade" just doesn't do that. It's that bad. many people in this comment thread thought it was an April Fool. That speaks volumes.
I can put up with most of the changes. But, the comment system is now very hard to use & understand. There seems to be no logical order to the comments. Therefore, it's hard to reply to a comment, or to find it. Please put the comment system back to how it was.
Why move video responses? There was absolutely no reason to move them. Once again, they are now harder to find.
I thought was all supposed to make everything easier?
I honestly think you are going to turn people away with this revamp & that's a great pity.

David said...

Removing the ten minute limit to videos would be nice.

Mouse said...

love this new layout so much, the old one was good but lacked new web 2.0 features etc

can't thank you enough for THIS http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/1446/66882061.png

I love looking through my favourites with friends showing funny videos i watched or songs i listened to. This makes it go way better!

also, thanks for the new search with the video playing, at first i was like WTF but now you can keep a song playing while searching for the next, i used to open a new tab to search and let a video play...

the tab open close thing is cool too, just view videos by a person by clicking at top etc, and if you search, and it makes the video smaller just close the search tab to get it back.

Hope this is good feedback

naean said...

Hey all you guys and gals!

Send your complaints about the crappy design using this feedback form:

https://survey.googleratings.com/wix/p4095212.aspx


;-)

pker 47 said...

guys, it says add &textp=fool for it to cost yt less, textp does nothing to the video, april fools?

Divo said...

"also, thanks for the new search with the video playing"
This feature hasn't worked for me since early in the beta. I thought it had been removed... Nice feature, wish i could use it again.

Badmouth said...

"It's cleaner, simpler and easier to use."

No it isn't, it's sh*t. And you've had months to get this right - not that it needed changing in the first place.

Consider me an ex-user.

khunt14 said...

ok i like the fact that the focus is back onto the video but my main issue with the new layout is the loss of the five star rating system i feel it gave a much truer score to what your watching and made it easier to pick out what you actually wanted to watch change is good when your moving forward but moving forward doesnt mean forgetting to look back at the things that helped youtube become so successful thinking about it i also miss the channel bar on the right it gave the video you were watching a bit more personality but my main issue is definitely with the rating system

i just hope all of these comments dont get overlooked

Tom said...

The thing is guys, youtue saves bandwisth and money because of the new layout, its "cleaner" means it just has less to load for them, this is all to save money, they don't care what we think....I think I'm gna miss star ratings most of all.....With the star rating system I could see if a video was bullshit before watching it, if it was 1 star I would know that its a fake....but now....

Oh forget it, You google people arent going to listen....I'm going to a new search engine and another video site....Good luck with the next "improvement"...

michael_ironik said...

I think the older layout was much better. The new 1 seems bland and its harder to find things.

Andy said...

This really isn't good, it looks cheap and minimalistic. The old design was way better. It may have less for them to load but videos seem reluctant to buffer unless I hit refresh. I now get error messages when I try to upload a vids as well! Sort it out!

vytas said...

Where is "HOME" buttom???

purplegirl117 said...

This is a terrible change. There's no lines dividing up the different parts of the screen so it all just looks jumbled up. How could anyone think getting rid of the 5-star rating system and replacing it with thumbs up/thumbs down was a GOOD idea? Where is my history? How do I delete videos from my quicklist after I've watched them now? Also, I would like the video discription back in the sidebar, thank you very much.
The only good part of this change is being able to scroll through all of the user's other videos. Other than that, this redesign is crap.

Martin Static said...

It's a terrible move that means that I will be using youtube less often

Planetmirth said...

Hi, a few comments on my views on the new design:

I really like the channel the way it is.

I don't like the fact the home page was removed - it was the main way I browsed videos. It showed me subscribers, related videos and what everyone else was watching on one handy page.

I never use the "pure" subscribers list and now the number of videos I view is drastically cut as I'm missing out on those that I would have normally watched as they are lost in the crowd of subscribers.

I like the idea of a simplified vote - but you probably need a neutral response in there - not every thing is black and white.

I really don't like the removal of the mail icon at the top that showed how many comments etc you had waiting. Not only do you have to click to see it, but it doesn't work for me e.g. it says one, but when I click I actually have three.

I also preferred the way you could click on your user name top right to be automatically taken to your channel instead of the drop down menu thing.

The biggest problem is they way the comments are displayed. Though this isn't a new issue as a LOT of people I know have always disliked the way they are displayed.

The "Uploader Comments" seems pointless and to my mind the comments should simply be displayed in chronological order, starting with the most recent, with all "replies" locked to their original comment.

A said...

Oh deary deary me.

info said...

Does YT realize that if you set your videos to approve comments, the commenter gets an error message rather than the old "awaiting approval" message. I just sent some poor sod 6 repeat messages not realizing they had all gone through. That's progress for you!

John in Gilberdyke said...

The new version is crap in my opinion. I much preferred the way it was and would dearly like it to be restored ASAP.

wcblackburn said...

All hope has gone. Farewell Youtube


"the team felt strongly that the thumbs up/down was the right move"


http://mashable.com/2010/04/06/youtube-war-room/

sufyan said...

Please sort out the subscription page ' X ' button because its really annoying the videos you want to watch.

Jay August said...

Not sure why, but I got the old layout again. Did the trillions of negative responses from the users made YouTube undo their changes?

wcblackburn said...

Old Layout again, THANK GOD as my daily views had gone down by a third under the new one. Thankyou Youtube :)

wcblackburn said...

Back on the new one. Nothing loads properly in FF. Completely unusable. Actually listening was obviously too good to be true, now i get some ads fucking up my connection when browsing my favourites and some shit Blog feature which spams peoples homepages AKA Myspace. Best thing on the internet and you lot go and fuck it all up.

Tim said...

conster last said...

@Jakub: Try to answer in a way which is not sarcastic.

Eveyone hates it, OK

@Tim: Don't do "ha ha ha ha ha", it makes you sound like you have a low IQ.

pmsl

I would be very happy if Amazon updated their page and made it more modern.

And be 1 percent in the minority OK. Amazon dont need to change, ever heard the term if it aint broke, dont fix it? The ratings makes them popular, if they removed that, then its goodbye to reviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can understand the "can't see ratings until I rate" bit but there is really no reason to hate stuff that was created for you for FREE.

FUCK SAKE. If you paid for a website or program, and that style you loved, and they changed it? WOULD YOU BE HAPPY. Also it's the same for some programs which you have to pay for, but find it's confusing and shit. Would you like that?

Yes, I can understand it if it is worthless but really, Do people have to spam comments on unrelated videos doing this "I hate new layout" sh*t?

99 PERCENT HATE IT. Yes whilst it may be free, it doesn't mean Youtube has to change the site without asking first. The same what I said with programs or websites. If the developer, changed so much of the features, and all we were left with with confusing logos, or they removed many features, a feature that you were used to, does that make it OK?

Robert said...

OMG! WORTHLESS DESIGN! I hate they new start page layout!

Tim said...

Why is it, when I search for something, like another band, it goes back to the artist I just searched for. Also when I click show by upload date, it reverts back to relevance?

Pirvu said...

crappy design&layout! i liked the old design&layout. worse than ever this latest design...hm......

DeadlyTeaParty said...

I can't d a thing now because of site maintenance; it will be interesting to see what happens when things are fixed!! XD

Naean said...

This new layout is absolutely appalling.

Going back to basics? No. GOING BACK TO 1992? YES.


168 comments later, and you still haven't fixed the crappy video page designs. Yeah, you sure do listen to your user community, don't you Google?
/sarcasm


Don't ignore us.

Fix your terrible designs, or some people will, without a doubt, stop coming to YouTube.

Waluigimaster64 said...

I can't understand what is wrong with you google....first you shove those disgusting beta channels down our throats one by one, and what happens a few months later? you continue to screw up some of the best things about youtube
what is wrong with you?

the ONLY good things I've found on this new beta video layout is the "highest rated comments", but why couldn't you have added that to the previous design?

STOP IGNORING US. GIVE US WHAT WE WANT, DON'T TELL US WHAT WE WANT

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