The highly trained monkeys have been very, very busy here at the ’Tube, rolling out these changes to the site:
PUT YOUR VIDEOS AND FAVORITES IN THE ORDER YOU CHOOSE
Re-arrange your videos and favorites however you like. Go to Organize Videos under My Account to change the order. (Coming soon: the same thing for subscribers, subscriptions and friends.)
FRIENDS-ONLY COMMENTS AND FRIENDS MODULE
This is something many of you have been asking for for some time. For each of your videos, there is a new setting that automatically approves comments from friends, but requires approval for comments from anyone else. (Go to Edit Video Info and scroll down to “Allow Comments” to choose this option.) At the Channel level, you can now set it such that only friends can comment – go to My Profile to do this. Finally, after a brief hiatus, the Friends module is back as an option on Channel pages.
VIDEO BROWSE ON CHANNEL PAGES
Find a user who’s got tons of videos and don’t know where to start? Now you can sort videos on anyone’s channel by Most Recent, Most Viewed and Most Discussed.
ACTIVE SHARING: SEE WHO’S WATCHING YOUR VIDEO AND VIDEOS OTHERS ARE WATCHING
TestTube has a new look and a new feature called Active Sharing. When you turn this feature on, the last six videos you watched will display on your Channel page. In addition, when someone visits one of these videos, they are likely to see your username listed in the "Who's Watching" box to the right of the video. To turn this feature off, click on History and hit “Stop Active Sharing.”
IMPROVEMENTS TO SIGN-UP PROCESS
When you sign up for a new account, we added quick feedback that lets you know immediately if a username is available or if you’ll have to think of something else. We also made changes to the backend so that when you create a new Channel you’ll be able to preview it and make changes a lot more quickly.
COMMENTS LIMIT RELAXED
This is another thing many of you asked for. We relaxed comments limits so that after four comments you’ll be asked to type in a CAPTCHA (those letters you to type in to prove you are a real person and not a machine) and once you do you are free to comment some more!
Partner channels can now be browsed by Most Viewed or through an alphabetical listing.
Let’s say in haste you blocked someone and you want to take it back. Go here to unblock users.
This little puppy right here has had a makeover and is now not only better looking, but also faster to load and with archives that are easier to navigate. You can also comment on our posts (be kind, we’re sensitive).
We always want to know more about how you’re interacting with the site and how happy you are with the overall YouTube experience. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey, which you can access by clicking on the "Got Feedback?" link in the bottom right corner of the home page.
So let us know what you think about these new features and what you think we need to address next.
The YouTube Team