YouTube's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

YouTubeYouTube.com is considering some changes and they have a preview of a redesigned website you can view. The navigation changes seem useful but the site is a little on the bright side. Download Squad is warning its readers to have their sunglasses ready before viewing the redesign. YouTube's blog post about the preview says there will be a number over large changes over the next three months.
In a constant effort to improve the user experience and incorporate your feedback we'll be making a number of large changes to the site over the next few months. In addition to making improvements upon existing features, we'll be rolling out some brand new items that are still in the works. We can tell you there is a lot to look forward to, but in the meantime we offer you this sneak preview of the new YouTube video browsing page (our "Videos" tab) and invite you to share your feedback with us.

-- Categories will now be found under the "Videos" tab.

-- Dropdown menus make for a smoother transition when clicking through popular pages, ie. "Most Viewed," "Top Favorites," "Recently Featured," etc.

-- Tabs and video browsing pages have a new overall look and feel.
YouTube has also merged the videos and category links but you can still make all the same popularity searches as before. It would be helpful if they would include a few more categories since there are so many videos on YouTube now.

Until there are more categories you can always run a search for tags using this search string and changing KEYWORD to the tag you want to use:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=KEYWORD&search=tag
Use Halloween as the keyword and you get videos tagged Halloween.

They seem very eager for feedback at YouTube and they are requesting feedback on the right hand side of the preview page.

Posted on October 26, 2007

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