YouTube Rolls Out New Features

Search suggestions, demographics

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YouTube has introduced a number of new features including search suggestions, the import of Google contacts, a better notification system for video comments and demographic statistics on YouTube Insight.

To use search suggestions the YouTube Blog states," To opt in, click the ‘advanced’ link next to the search button, then choose ‘Display query suggestions as I type’ from the search settings. As you type in your search terms a menu will appear with suggested results to choose from to help you more quickly find the videos you’re looking for."

Users can import their Google contacts into YouTube by clicking "Import" on the "My Contacts" page, then log into your Google account.

YouTube has also improved the way it sends notifications for video comments in your YouTube Inbox. From the YouTube blog,"Comments made to your videos are separated from comments left in response to your comment on someone else’s video. The actual text of the comment is also now displayed and you can approve or reject a comment in-line."

YouTube has added demographic information to YouTube Insight. TheOfficial Google Blog explains," A new demographics tab that displays view count information broken down by age group (such as ages 18-24), gender, or a combination of the two, to help you get a better understanding of the makeup of your YouTube audience. We show you general information about your viewers in anonymous and aggregate form, based on the birth date and gender information."

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  • http://www.wildscapes.net Susan Sharma

    You tube has a facility of starting groups where one can aggregate videos of one’s liking and invite other members to join in.   Over a period of time I get the feeling that  they are probably discouraging this feature.   Earlier one could add a video to the groyp with one click.  Now one has to go through  the playlist.   Also when you login as a user, your group is nowhere mentioned, so accessing the group becomes more difficult.

    Do others share this view?


  • http://www.buyandselldomains.biz John Martel

    Yes, I noticed the same thing several months ago. It’s a big nightmare to add videos to groups now. It’s one thing to not add video’s to other peoples groups, but why can’t I easily add them to my own group? Certainly not one of Google’s better moves IMHO.

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