YouTube has been testing a new homepage, and is now letting users try it out if they’d like to do so. They’ve added a button on the current homepage that you can click on if you want to give it a shot.
YouTube lists the following features of the new homepage:
Combined list – Merges your subscriptions, friend activity, and recommendations into one easier-to-scan list (and a “Subscription uploads” tab if you only want to see subscriptions)
Don’t miss a video – If a channel uploads 4 videos in a day, you’ll see all 4 – instead of just the latest video
Delete anything – Hover over any video you don’t want to watch and click ‘x’
Or just grey it out – Videos you’ve already watched will be grayed out – so even without deleting, you’ll know where you left off
Help me re-find stuff I just watched – Your homepage will include your recent likes and favorites so you can easily get back to them
Easy inbox – Links to your inbox (personal messages & comments) are front and center
Load much more – Watch older videos – all without leaving the homepage
As the new homepage is opt in, you can also change it back to the current style anytime you want (at least for now). If you sign into YouTube, you will be asked if you want to try out the new one.
Have you tried the new page? If so, tell us what you think about it.
In other YouTube news, the New York Times is reporting that the company is in talks to buy web video production company Next New Networks. This would likely mean original content from YouTube itself. The talks have not been confirmed, and the report cites "two people briefed on the discussions" as the source.