I haven’t been on any sites in the past few days where somebody isn’t complaining about the YouTube redesign.
“It looks stupid,” misses the point. It’s more about functionality than looks.
The most important change is the quicker ability to share videos via other sites. Facebook, Twitter, Live Spaces (Live Spaces? Where’s the competition in that?), good old fashioned e-mail, and more are all one click away. After all that’s what the internet and YouTube are ultimately about. Sharing. Anything to make that quicker is welcomed by me.
The like and dislike buttons make more sense than the starred ratings. What is the difference between one and two stars? Either way the video isn’t worth watching. Like or dislike is simple and to the point. It would be nice to see what the current like vs. dislike standings are before you vote, but it’s understandable why that isn’t displayed. First, if there are three likes and eighty seven dislikes, you probably won’t watch the video and second, the more people who vote, the more accurate representation of the general view of the video.
Directly to the right of the video window you will find suggestions for other videos to watch depending on how you got to the one you are watching. If it is on your favorites list, your other favorites will be displayed. If it was one of the latest videos from a subscribed channel, the other latest videos from your subscribed channels will be displayed.
The look of the comments have been altered some, you can’t see a reply or a like/dislike button for each comment until you hover over it. That’s a feature that I like on all websites because things tend to look a lot less crowded. Where the number of comments statistic has gone, I don’t know, but I would like to see it.
The quality of most comments continues to decline by the hour, but that can’t exactly be put on YouTube.
There are still some improvements, minor tweaks really, that could be made, but for now I am clicking the Like button for these changes. If you still don’t like the changes, the best advice I can give you is: Don’t use it.
What are your thoughts on the redesign?