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YouTube Guide Is Coming To All Devices, Site Gets Update

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YouTube announced today that it is updating the look of the site, but perhaps more importantly, it’s putting the guide feature on all devices. A spokesperson for the company tells us this is all rolling out in the next few hours.

“Those of you who use YouTube most have learned the secret to making it even better—find the channels you love and subscribe, subscribe, subscribe,” the company says in a blog post. “Last year we began to make it easier to subscribe to the channels you care about by introducing a Guide on the home page. When you add subscriptions to your Guide, you organize YouTube around what you like, available whenever you watch YouTube. Today, we’re taking the next step by bringing your subscription-filled Guide with you across both the site and all devices, as your best source of what to watch on YouTube.”

YouTube Guide Devices

As for the new look of YouTube.com, the company says, “You come to YouTube to watch the videos you care about, so it’s important that the videos stand out. In this new layout, you’ll find the most crucial elements are front and center when you watch a video: the video is right at the top of the page and the subscribe button, social actions and video information are all combined directly below the player. Playlists are now available to the right of the video so you can browse through while you watch. You’ll also see this cleaner and simpler design across the entire site.”

New YouTube look

YouTube currently has 800 million users per month, watching 4 billion hours of video. Over the last year, the number of users subscribing to channels has more than doubled. The company says experiments show that the new updates add another 30% on top of that. YouTube users are subscribing to 50% more channels overall with the new update, and watch time is up 30%. Subscribing to channels has been around as a feature as far back as 2005.

YouTube Guide Is Coming To All Devices, Site Gets Update
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  • Hank Fox

    This new youtube sucks ass…. Subscriptions, the things that people go to youtube for in order to get new and entertaining content from people they like, is no longer the default homepage list. Now it’s recommendations…. Youtube is going with the idea that they for some reason need to just put everything into one fucklong list. I’m honestly so sick of it already.

    • Stan

      I completely agree with Hank Fox…
      The new “minimalistic” Youtube is HORRIBLE. Now in order to see my subscriptions I have to click on two options and reload the page instead of having it as my default. (funny since they’re promoting subscriptions so much!)
      The videos appear on the left hand side of the screen if viewed on a 1920×1080 monitor. The name of the video is, for some reason, below the video now (what was wrong with it before?!).
      I can’t sort videos by “most recently uploaded”. The site looks like it was designed by a 12 year old writing HTML in notepad.
      Overall I am appalled.

  • http://www.lolmenow.com Bharat Pant

    you have given a awesome overview on you tube :)

    thanks for giving this article

  • HILDA

    SERIOUSLY F**KING YOUTUBE?! MOTHERF**KERS, it’s SUCKS ASS NOW!! I GO ON YT TO BE ABLE TO VIEW THINGS I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL TO…OR ENTERTAINMENT WHEN I NEED A LAUGH..OR..? this new version, why??? AND DON’T SAY IT’S SOMETHING WE WILL IN TIME LEARN TO ADJUST TO IT!! it was fine the way it was ASSHOLES!!

  • HILDA

    AND P.S. I DON’T F**KING NEED CHANNELS TO SUBSCRIBE TO!!! I WANT MY OLD YT BACK!!!

  • http://www.digitaldiamondwebmedia.com DDWM

    As you mentioned in another article on WPN regarding the 30 minute explanation about the YouTube redesign on Hangouts, “as with most redesigns of major products, there has been a fair amount of backlash”.

    Comes as no surprise – clearly remember when Google first acquired YT – that was a shocker. Been using it since Spring of ’06 for various projects, and it still works as a platform for what we need from it.

    And when it doesn’t, someone will come up with something grander somewhere – and another migration ensues. It’s cyclical in nature. Look at the web today. Remember it 10 years ago? Now, imagine it in another ten.

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