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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Experimental Personalized YouTube Homepage

image In the coming days, an experimental version of a new YouTube homepage will be available to a small group of users chosen at random. If you're not in the initial group that tests the experimental homepage, but want to give it a whirl, you'll be able to in the near future.

What will this homepage look like?

Alongside homepage regulars like Featured and Most Popular videos, the experimental homepage will include personalized recommendations, the latest videos from your subscriptions and an easier way to see what your friends are uploading, favoriting and rating. Here's a bit more information on what this means:

Recommendations: With tens of millions of videos on YouTube, finding the perfect video to watch can sometimes be challenging. That's why, based on what you've viewed and favorited in the past, you'll see an algorithmically-selected set of videos that you otherwise may never have discovered.

Latest From Your Subscriptions: It's no secret that many people jump for joy when their favorite video creators upload new material. To help you keep track of the most current activity, layout that displays newly added videos from your subscriptions has been changed. You'll be able to see videos from your three most recently updated subscriptions.

Friend Activity: The experimental YouTube homepage includes a "Friend Activity" feature to make it easier to stay in the loop on all the great vids your buddies are buzzing about. If you already display your favorites, ratings, or uploaded videos on your channel, then your existing, confirmed friends will receive a feed of updates when you favorite, rate, or upload. Remember, you control your list of friends on YouTube. You also control the activities that appear to others on your channel and now in your friends' feeds. Just click on the "Channel Design" link once you've clicked on the "Account" link at the top of any page to turn on features or turn off features you don't wish to share publicly or in your friends' feeds.

In addition, you will find a dashboard that places stats about your Inbox and information about your videos front and center. The new display also showcases stats such as your uploads, total views, number of honors and more.

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