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April 10, 2008

User Interface Updates at YouTube

YouTube updated the design of its video watch pages by adding tabs for actions and showing statistics in a new container. The "Favorite" tab is the only one connected to an immediate action and it should be removed, while the favorite videos could be generated based on ratings. Hunter Walk, product manager at YouTube, says that the sharing options "are now contextual to the logged in user, so for example, if you use Digg a lot but not Facebook, Digg will be elevated to a persistent top-level display instead of Facebook".

The search results page has also been updated and the option to sort results by popularity is back. To restrict your search to one or more categories or to a certain language, check the new advanced search.

YouTube's personalized homepage lets you reorder the sections so you can place the featured videos at the top, but it's still less usable than the classic YouTube homepage.


  1. Well I don't like it! I don't like it one bit:(

  2. It looks overloaded...

  3. It would be nice if the spacebar keyboard shortcut from the embedded player was added. If anyone doesn't like it, perhaps it could be changed in the settings.

  4. All tabs are too big and are of no concern to most viewers (i.e., they are space wasters). It also complicates what can be shown simply (as the former UI used to do). Beats me why one has to click on the Stats & Data tab in order to see how many people favorited it.

    It's such a stupid UI update.

  5. Looks like it was designed by an accountant.

  6. It's amazing how far we came from YouTube. Now 2012 and YouTube looks like shit now...