Any website would be happy with 800 million users. However, this isn’t the case with the world’s leading video sharing website, YouTube. Providing people hours of entertainment at a click, the website has grown to become one of the most widely used. Last year, the website underwent an overhaul in which a number of changes were made to its design and layout. With a year gone by, the designers at YouTube considered this the best time to make a subtle, albeit important change to the website.
What Are the Changes?
It is quite probable that more than a billion people around the world use YouTube, a majority of them on a daily basis. Hence, one can say with certainty that any changes made to the website would be to improve the user experience. That is exactly the case with the changes which have been implemented this time around.
Video Titles Repositioned
The simplest of the changes is to the positioning of the titles of the videos you watch. You will notice it when you load up any video on YouTube. The title of the video will now appear below the video rather than above it, as it did since the inception of the website. The folks at YouTube feel this will decrease the obstruction. What you will see now is the search bar and directly below it the video would be playing.
Channel Guide Tracks You
More importantly, the channel guide which lists suggested shows and videos will now follow users. Regardless of the number of pages they open on the site, the channel guide will track them. The suggested videos are determined using user information related to videos he/she has viewed previously. The purpose of this is to get people to subscribe to more channels and videos. According to the designers of the website, subscribing is the key to enhancing user experience on YouTube.
The changes have been announced and implemented along with some other changes made to the website for the iPhone and Android devices. YouTube is known for constant innovation and the aim of improving user experience in every way possible. It is probable that these changes are not the last ones. For now, users can decide whether the changes actually make them enjoy using the website more or not. At the end of the day, the users make a website successful as has been the case with YouTube.
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