YouTube seems to be at it again. Months after their massive site overhaul it looks like they’re redesigning things once again. Last night Engadget published a screenshot of the YouTube homepage, taken by one of their readers, featuring a new, much Google Plus-inspired design and this morning the Google Operating System blog followed suit.
A YouTube spokesperson explained that this new design is just an experiment, for now. “With more videos coming to YouTube every minute we’re always experimenting with ways to help people more easily find, watch and share the videos that matter most to them. As always, we’ll consider rolling changes out more broadly based on user feedback on these experiments.”
As you can see in the screenshots below, the new experimental design not only has a cleaner and lighter feel, but it now lists all of your subscriptions on the left side along with a number representing how many recent uploads that channel has. They’ve removed popular YouTube categories from this sidebar to make more room for the channels you’re subscribed to.
Additionally, video thumbnails have gotten bigger in the new design, making the feed look a lot less crowded, and users can now hide videos from the feed.
The Google Operating System blog explains how you can opt in to this new experimental UI in Chrome, Firefox, Safari or IE8. Click here to find out how.
Have you tried out YouTube’s new experimental interface? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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