Looks Like YouTube’s Testing A New Homepage

    June 14, 2012
    Chris Richardson
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Is YouTube testing out a new look for its own homepage? More than likely they do so on a constant basis, but thanks to some images posted at the Google Operating System blog, which is not affiliated with Google, we have an idea of what a revised YouTube start page could look like.

While the redesign hasn’t been confirmed by the official YouTube blog, that doesn’t mean YouTube (and Google) aren’t above testing new features without announcing them first. With that in mind, what would a potential new YouTube homepage look like? Take a look, courtesy of the aforementioned Google Operating System blog (not affiliated with Google or YouTube):

YouTube Homepage Redesign

Compared with the current one:

YouTube Homepage

So what do we have? Changing the black in the left sidebar to a grey/white look, coupled with the removal of the YouTube’s popular categories link. Bigger video thumbnails are featured, and, according to the GOS blog, if you’ve watched a video, the associated thumbnail will now include an unobtrusive “watched” label on it. Users who’d like to experiment with the new YouTube homepage can do so by entering the following commands:

If you use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+, open youtube.com in a new tab, load:

* Chrome’s JavaScript console (Ctrl+Shift+J)
* Firefox’s Web Console (Ctrl+Shift+K)
* Safari’s Web Inspector (how to do that?)
* IE’s Developer Tools (press F12 and select the “console” tab)

and paste the following code:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=nH7tBenIlCs; path=/;

Then press Enter and close the console. To go back to the standard UI, follow the same steps, but use the following code:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/;

If you’re an inexperienced user who got intimidated by those instructions, it’s understandable. That being said, there isn’t anything in those four lines of code that will break your browser, so you can rest easy if you’re worried about messing up your computer. Give it a shot and see what you think of YouTube’s potential replacement homepage.

  • Glenn

    I seem to have had this foisted on me and frankly it is bloody awful at this point. Not only are they burying uploads under tons of ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ from your subscriptions which was something you used to be able to turn off, but not now, they have now favored a feed format. Youtube is NOT facebook, it is NOT primarily a social network and I wish google would stop treating it as such. With every change they seem to be trying to make it harder to use from a viewers point of view and less useful from an uploaders point of view (unless you are a huge channel). Functions are being hidden under obscure menus and the copyright bots make it near impossible to work legitimately even with public domain films.
    Once again Google are buggering about with something blindly progressively making the site a miserable place to be, do they care? seems not. All us uploaders care about is functionality and visability and this new format is yet another step towards minimising both of those things in favor of the Youtube sites philosophy of worrying about competing with facebook.
    How about having an actual dialogue with us google, us, the people who provide content for youtube, ask us what we want to see.
    On a bright note it’s at least good to see you can delete old posts on the home page though