What is certain in this world is death, taxes, and YouTube changing their site about every 5 minutes. And also, not everyone will see the changes and it makes everyone else who knows their YouTube has changed seem crazy. Heck, I have two laptops and they show different YouTubes from each other today. What is being implemented is a cleaner look that many compare to Google+, where Google continues to try to integrate all of their properties into one uniform look. The new YouTube has some cool features, and some things that are missing from the previous version. So let's take a look.
YouTube: Before and After
First, here's what the new YouTube looks like:
And here's what it used to look like and still looks like on other computers:
So you may notice that things look a lot cleaner, that left side isn't so busy with menu items, and you can actually close many of them out. When you click on a channel in your subscription list, you are taken to a page with the exact same format as the home page, and it will show you all of that channel's recent uploads and likes and whatnot. You can choose whether you just want their uploads or all of their activity.
What seems to be missing is the ability to give a "blanket" command to "show uploads only" for all channels all at once, but you can customize each channel to show only uploads or all the activity. That might be cool for some, frustrating for others.
There is also a video counter next to the subscribed channels in your list.
Also, when you click on a video, you'll still be able to see all your subscribed channels on the left side. You also have a drop-down menu on the left side that I'll call the "More" menu underneath all of your subscriptions. If you have clicked on a channel in your subscription list, the pull-down menu will be, "More from (so-and-so's) channel." If you clicked on a video from your "Now Playing" page, it will be a "More from Now Playing" menu. Here's an example of the change:
And here's the old version:
YouTube also appears to have gotten rid of the "From YouTube" list from the previous iteration, which gave you broad genres like music and entertainment, but it also had a nifty "trending" tab that I liked to go to, because it would show what videos were getting a flurry of activity that day.
Get the New YouTube with Google Chrome Hack
For those of you who cannot wait to get the new YouTube design, there's a hack for people who use Google Chrome, as provided by OMG!Chrome!:
1. Open Chrome, and head to youtube.com. Once the page has fully loaded, and with Chrome in focus, hit Ctrl+Shift+J - (Alt+Cmd+J in OS X) - to bring up the console.
2. Enter this line of code:
3. Hit the enter key on your keyboard and refresh the page.
If that doesn't work, OMG!Chrome! got a second line of code from a commenter on the site:
document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();
You should be able to then enjoy the new YouTube.
Do You Like the New YouTube Design?
My initial thoughts are that I like the new design. It appears to make things a little more convenient to navigate, and it's more organized. But I'm sure it will upset a whole bunch of people, because it always does.
Here's a video of someone taking a look at the new YouTube. There are some different looks than from what even I've shown above:
[Video removed from YouTube]
Anyway, what do you think of the new design?