Super Secret YouTube Channel 2.0 Beta

In: Social Networking|YouTube

19 Apr 2009

Every other major Social Media site seems to try to come up with new design and upgrade their features these days.  So after Facebook, Flickr and recently Twitter, I was’t very surprise when I heard that YouTube is doing it too.

If the last YouTube’s update we more on the video watching side, this time it’s the Channel that gets the make-over!

YouTube Channel 2.0

So, what’s changed ? The hint is on the number 2.0! Yes … rounder corners and Ajax are the two things that you can see dominating the changes.  As a matter of fact, let’s do the ‘Show not Tell’ thing.  In the next two screenshots below, you can see the difference between my existing Channel and the new Beta Channel (click on the thumbnail to view the full image).

My Old YouTube Channel

My New YouTube Channel

Judging from the comments of the blog post above, it seems to me that many users don’t like the changes.  This is of course not surprising.  It happened with Facebook, it happened with Twitter, and it will happen to anything that new.  People just doesn’t seem to like changes.  As for me, I like what I’ve seen, I hate the old Channel design, it looked so 1990.  Mind you, the Beta Channel is, let’s say, Beta :)  There are many things that still don’t work, it’s still very buggy.  But I’m sure they will iron-out these bugs bit by bit.

So, what if you want to participate in the Beta testing? Well, you need to go to this Super Secret link :)  Which will allow you to switch your existing Channel to the new one (don’t worry, you will be able to switch back anytime).

Youtube Super Secret Page

When you click on that blue button, you will be switched to the new Channel Design.

Youtube New Channel Design

You have to click OK, to enter the Channel.  Then you will see a new Toolbar with buttons that enables you to change the settings of your Channel.  You will also notice the ‘Revert!’ button, which will switch you back your channel to the old design.  The following screenshot will show what settings are under each button (all forms are loaded via Ajax).

Youtube Channel Toolbar

Youtube Channel Toolbar

Youtube Channel Toolbar

Youtube Channel Toolbar

The top part of the channel has also a Toolbar which shows the Channel Title, a set of Filters, the Edit link and the View changer.

Youtube Channel Title Toolbar

The filters (All, Uploads, Favorites and Playlists), will change what videos are shown on the main video pane according on what you choose, e.g. choosing Favorites will show only videos that you’ve made favorite.  The Edit link will allow you to edit the setting regarding which set of videos are shown on the video sidebar.

Edit channel

Each module has an edit link too.

Editing Module

A special mention goes to the Recent Activity module, which shows our recent activities (doh!), such as befriending somebody, uploading new video, favoriting a video, subscribing to a channel, and … yes … you can post a bulletin, which basically a Status Update ala Twitter/Facebook.

Recent Activities Module

So, what do you think? Do you like the new design?  I don’t know about you, but I like it.  It looks cleaner and easier to setup.  Granted that is still buggy at the moment, but as I said, they are working on it.

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11 Responses to Super Secret YouTube Channel 2.0 Beta

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Scott Williams

April 22nd, 2009 at 23:26

Nice Blog… Thanks for the comment on my Twitip Post!

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mahadewa

April 23rd, 2009 at 01:17

Scott, my pleasure :) Thanks for the Tip.

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Alex

May 6th, 2009 at 15:37

it's my page whith YouTube Channel 2.0 Beta !

http://www.youtube.com/user/alexxxxcoutier

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MiTsUkI1515

June 13th, 2009 at 02:58

my new youtube channle fav grid dont work and im ready to punch my computer cuz of it lol can some one plz help or at lest tell youtube that its a bug they MUST fix ASAP lol ok thx

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mahadewa

June 15th, 2009 at 14:46

Hi, can you be more specific on what seems to be the problem ? What is it that doesn't work?

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whicketywack

July 2nd, 2009 at 16:46

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April 12th, 2015 at 23:55

ings that you can see dominating the changes. As a matter of fact, let’s do the ‘Show not Tell’ thing. In the next two screenshots below, you can see the difference between my existing Channel and toose, e.g. choosing Favorites will show only videos that you’ve made favorite. The Edit link will allow you to edit the setting regarding which set of videos are shown on the video sidebar.

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July 24th, 2015 at 12:41

I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% positive. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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