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June 21, 2013

Watch Now: a New YouTube Experiment

YouTube tests a time-saving feature that suggests videos when you're typing a query. When there's a video that strongly associated with your search, YouTube places a link to the video above the search suggestions list and highlights it with this label: "watch now".

For example, when you type the first 4 characters from [evolution of dance], YouTube realizes that you want to watch this video.


For some reason, YouTube suggests videos even when it's not obvious what you want to watch. For example, typing "concerto in" triggers 2 suggestions.


There's also this:


Here's how you can enable the experimental feature. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:

1. open youtube.com in a new tab

2. load your browser's developer console:

* Chrome - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac

* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac

* Opera - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"

* Safari - check this article

* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.

3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=k2M7rSHFQi4; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();

4. press Enter and close the console.

{ Thanks, Long Nguyen. }

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