Google has given
YouTube a fresh coat of paint just in time for the Christmas holidays and it is
rolling out now to everyone.
The new look
promises to make it a lot easier for you to see the content you are interested
in and has been reorganised into three main columns. The channels you subscribe to will be
shown down the left hand column while the centre column will display the latest
videos from these channels.
Of course the only channel you will want to be watching is the TrustedReviews Channel wherre you can find all our latest HD video reviewsin one place.
The right hand
side will be a navigation panel and here you’ll be able to see what videos all
your Google contacts (all seven of them, that is) have been looking at.
But it’s not just
Google available here, as you can also sign-in to Facebook (an opt-in choice) allowing
you to Like videos which will show up on your Facebook feed as well as see what your Facebook friends are looking at on the service.
You will also be
able to customise your own channel page if you have one, giving you four main default templates to work from. Customisation is at the heart of this new design with
YouTube saying it wants to let users find what they want more easily and faster.
In July, YouTube
unveiled the experimental Cosmic Panda refresh and it was as a result of
feedback from this experiment which inspired the look and features of the new
site. The overall look is very much in line with the redesigned look of Gmail and of course of Google .
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While YouTube is getting somewhere in the region of 3.5 billion video views a day, only 200 million of these come through the YouTube homepage. This means that users are accessing YouTube through Facebook and Twitter and this is a trend Google will want to reverse – placing Google integration at the centre of the new look.
Let us know what
you think of the new YouTube look and if it will encourage you to go and seek out
more videos of people chasing their dog through a park in London screaming