YouTube Experiments with New, Personalization-Heavy Homepage

YouTube is experimenting with a new homepage design that emphasizes personalization, with features including: a combined list of subscriptions, friend activity, and recommendations; all videos uploaded by followed channels; the ability to delete anything on the homepage by simply clicking the X; graying out of already-watched videos; and recent likes and favorites.

Select users will see buttons on their YouTube homepages asking if they want to experiment with the experimental redesign. A screen grab is included after the jump.

John Fisher wrote on the YouTube Blog:

Starting today, you might notice a button on YouTube.com asking if you want to check out an experimental homepage we’ve been working on. It’s an opt-in experiment, offering a homepage that has a real emphasis on a personalized video browsing and watching experience.

Some of the enhancements include:

Combined list: Merges your subscriptions, friend activity, and recommendations into one easier-to-scan list (and a “Subscription uploads” tab if you only want to see subscriptions).

Don’t miss a video: If a channel uploads four videos in a day, you’ll see all four instead of just the latest video.

Delete anything: Hover over any video you don’t want to watch and click “x.”

Or just grey it out: Videos you’ve already watched will be grayed out so that even without deleting, you’ll know where you left off.

Help me refind stuff I just watched: Your homepage will include your recent likes and favorites so you can easily get back to them.

Easy inbox: Links to your inbox (personal messages and comments) are front and center.

Load much more: Watch older videos, all without leaving the homepage.

To give it a try, just click this link. You can always revert back to the classic homepage by clicking on the “Back to classic homepage” link that you’ll see when you’re on the new homepage. We’re hoping to learn what works best for the YouTube community, and explore ways to make you feel right at home. Please tell us what you think through this feedback form.

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