YouTube gets a makeover

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Digital | December 06, 2011
The video sharing website now allows users to link YouTube account to their Facebook and Google+ profiles.

The video sharing platform YouTube has undergone a major design overhaul, with a new homepage that makes it easier for users to find and watch their favourite channels. The Google subsidiary now allows users to create their personal, customisable YouTube channel line-up.

Adding a touch of social media, the website now lets users to customise their homepages and link their YouTube account to Google+ and Facebook to see what their friends are up to.

The YouTube channels, too, have been given a new look, with channel templates being launched for different users as per their needs. The company has also included a user manual to guide users on how to navigate on the new site.

The revamp, which is being touted as an exercise to help users discover a broader range of entertainment on YouTube, is a result of an experimental design survey called the Cosmic Panda, unveiled in July 2011. The feedback gathered from the exercise has been used to bring on the changes to the video sharing platform. Some of the other major changes made to the website include a new light grey background, black text links for easier viewing, a new masthead, and new button styles that are consistent across YouTube.

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