YouTube's new design is here

YouTube's new design is here

Summary: Google has given YouTube a facelift that brings the video sharing site even closer to the Google+ social network.

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Google has officially released the new YouTube homepage into the wild, bringing with it a revamped look for Channels and a brand new overall design. It's all part of Google's ongoing campaign to give itself a facelift, bit by bit - but it's also a major part of bringing YouTube and the Google+ social network even closer together.

To wit, the new YouTube homepage shows a feed of the videos your Google+ (or Facebook, if you're into that sort of thing) friends have been sharing. You can also view a list of recommended YouTube Channels or customize what your homepage looks like. Basically, it doesn't add much by way of new functionality, but it's a new look that brings the social aspect front-and-center.

The new Channels design aims to bring YouTube content creators new templates to intelligently display their videos, "whether you produce one video a week or have thousands of videos for a fan to browse," according to the official blog entry.

But it's the new overall design that's going to spur the most YouTube user controversy. Aimed at making the site "cleaner and simpler," it brings a consistent gray background and a streamlined watch page, along with bigger video thumbnails. The new look is based on a refined July's experimental "Cosmic Panda" design, Google says.

So why the new design? Google says that as YouTube expands into the classroom and the sciences, the time is right to improve the experience for all.

Interestingly, despite Google's claims that everyone should see the new YouTube now, I'm still seeing the old design. Let me know if it's working for you in the comments - and what you think.

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  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    I can't see the new page on Firefox...
    gorash0
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Just visited my channel. Not impressed. Will have to dig deeper and see what I can change as not a happy camper...
    Lost Target
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Works in Chromium, however, the left side bar looks like crap. Not impressed at all. I wonder who's "improve the experience" design idea this was?
    mbfonz@...
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Looks fine to me - like a revamped version.
    1.) wants me to sign in. "no".
    2.) lets me watch videos anyway. "cool"
    3.) result: "Laser Zaps Mosquitoes" - same youtube, different look.
    opcom
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Works fine for me using FireFox 8.0.
    tm14941
    • ditto

      (nt)
      thx-1138_
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Works fine for me using FireFox 8.0.
    tm14941
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    I checked the link you provided at 0130 my time - new format was there. I use IE9. Yeah.
    Crashin Chris
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    I'm not liking this style that much. I wish they'd offer a chance to go back to the old style from 2009. Also, why can't they fix that comment section, the threaded style is still in beta, and you can't tell who's replying to who, in which order like you could in the 2009's comment section before Google bought Youtube and started changing it. What's hard about coding it to thread correctly, if the old style had it working perfectly?
    TanorFaux
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    I don't care for it, but hey, give it six months to a year. It'll change again.
    Joey1058
  • RE: YouTube's new design is here

    Here's the simple solution that is a win win, as they say, for everyone. Allow the ability to everyone who wants to select, as you can currently do, the OLD STYLE. The vast majority of the people who just click on Youtube will never mind that there is a NEW VERSION and will leave it as Youtube/Google want it. For those of us who use Youtube as a social site or to promote their music, films etc. we can still use the OLD VERSION which almost all of us want. Obviously this can be done because it is currently being done. Youtube simply has to let all of us know that as long as we select the OLD VERSION that Youtube will allow this to continue indefinitely. If you agree with this suggestion cut and paste it into a response and let Youtube know.
    SingerAndASong