Monday, 28 January 2008

Site Update

Check out these enjoyable changes that just went live.



NEW VIEW FOR VIDEOS TAB



We've improved your video browsing experience by fully exposing the search options on the Videos page (searches like 'Most Viewed' and 'Recently Featured' were previously found via a dropdown menu). This makes it quicker and easier to find what you're looking for.



RECENT COMMENTS



To display the most recent comments you have made on YouTube videos, choose the new 'My Recent Comments' setting in your profile. On your channel page, users can also click 'View All' to see all comments you have ever made.



As always, feel free to share your thoughts with us on these new additions.



Yours,

The YouTube Team

Thursday, 24 January 2008

A New And Improved YouTube For Mobile

Today we're excited to announce the official debut of YouTube for Mobile, featuring a new and improved mobile website, m.youtube.com! Until today, many of you who tried watching videos on m.youtube.com from your mobile phones may have longed to see a wider selection of videos and more community features that you've come to know and love on YouTube.com. Now you can, and here's what's changed:



  • Millions of videos: YouTube for Mobile now features tens of millions of videos, which includes most of the videos already available on YouTube.com and your own uploaded videos.

  • Community on the go: You can now access your YouTube account, your Favourites, your own uploaded Videos and your favourite Channels. You can also share, rate, and comment directly from the mobile website to other YouTube users.

  • Mobile phone uploads available within moments: Now if you upload videos from your phone to YouTube via email/mms, they will appear in moments on both m.youtube.com and www.youtube.com. This means you can easily share videos you capture on your phone with your friends and family. All you need to do is create a mobile profile at www.youtube.com/mobile.

  • Global: Global: YouTube for Mobile is available and localised for the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, Germany, and Russia.


As long as your phone and mobile operator support streaming video, anyone can access YouTube for Mobile simply by going to 'm.youtube.com' in their phone browser. There are a couple requirements for supporting YouTube for Mobile:

    1. Your device has to support RTSP streaming. To determine if your mobile device supports this type of streaming, you may want to check your device's manual to find a description of its specifications.


    2. Your service carrier has to allow streaming videos. You may want to contact your carrier for more information about the availability of data streaming on your mobile device.

In addition, we're also releasing a beta version of a YouTube for Mobile downloadable application. It's different from the YouTube for Mobile website (m.youtube.com) because it is a Java (J2ME) application you install on your phone, whereas m.youtube.com you access via your phone's web browser. The app is available in US and UK English and supports the following phones:

  • Sony Ericsson k800, w880

  • Nokia e65, n95, n73, 6110 navigator and 6120 classic


To download the app, simply point your phone browser to m.youtube.com and if your phone's one of the above, you should be prompted to download and install the application.



You may be wondering, "Is YouTube for Mobile the same as what's available on the Helio Ocean or Apple iPhone?" In a nutshell, yes -- YouTube for Mobile is all about bringing video to mobile phones. We believe in providing the best user experience possible for all users, which in some cases means different YouTube solutions for different phones. Overall, we're pretty excited about working with our partners and users to make YouTube for Mobile better and better over the next year.



So point your phone browser to m.youtube.com and check out the latest changes today! And if you've got any feedback for us on YouTube for Mobile, leave us a comment on this blog entry or post a video response to the video below, in which YouTube for Mobile team members Andy and Dwipal tell you about the new features:







Best,

The YouTube Team

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Community Council Update

They came, they saw, they conquered! During their visit to YouTube HQ in November, the Community Council had the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas directly with 'Tube staff from various teams and participate in usability studies. Through ongoing discussions with YouTube and beta feature testing (like video recommendations and a new home page design in the works), users bgirl5, bradofarrell, sarrycrey, tlg847, and visiblemode have made great strides in representing the community's voice within the product. Here's a run down of features YouTube's Community Council has brought their influence to thus far:



features recently implemented with the help of council input:



--RSS LINKS ON VIDEO BROWSE PAGES



--'MOST ACTIVE TODAY' & 'PREVIOUSLY POPULAR' VIDEO SEARCH



--SUBSCRIPTIONS UPDATE - (Closed and suspended accounts now automatically removed from subscriptions)



features scheduled which are coming soon:



--CHARACTER COUNTER FOR COMMENTS - A visual counter letting you know when you are approaching the character limit when writing comments on videos.



--RECENT COMMENTS - A module on your channel page showing all the videos (& comments) you have ever commented on.



To continue the cycle of feedback and discussions going between the community, the Council, and YouTube, we invite you to send us your ideas for new features, site improvements, and your input on the following list to suggestions@youtube.com.



items currently in progress or under consideration that we'd like to get more community feedback on:



--'VLOGGER' TYPE CHANNEL - What type of specific features would you like to see for a vlogger account type?



--'YOUTUBE BASICS' VIDEO - A brief video with educational step-by-step instructions for things like: how to report issues to Help Centre, how to make the most of your channel design, etc.. What are some helpful tips you think would be cool for newer users?



--MORE CHANNEL STATS - What kind of stats related to your channel would you be most interested in seeing?



--VIDEO RECOMMENDATIONS - These could be based on what types of videos you and your friends watch, add as 'favourites', channels you subscribe to, etc. (ie. "If you like this channel, you might also like...").



--DISCOVERING NEW COMMUNITIES - Offering new ways for YouTubers to find other like-minded users and sub-communities more easily.



--EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS - We have heard many requests for improvements on our notifications system and want to get your take on changes you would like to see made to emails and getting updates from YouTube in general.



--FULLSCREEN PLAYER - What features are you interested in seeing on the full screen player?



--'FRIENDS' MANAGEMENT - Improving managing and organizing 'friends' on your channel.



--COMMENTS/VIDEO RESPONSES PER INDEX POINT - Referring to a specific point in the video you are commenting on or making a video response for.



Remember to send your thoughts on the features above to suggestions@youtube.com and we'll check them out. (Note: this email address is for feature requests and ideas only. Please contact our Help Centre if you are having an issue you need immediate assistance with).







Our goal is to continue bringing forth ideas and feedback from you, and the Council, and turn them into actual features on the site which will benefit the overall YouTube community. Rest assured, this group has been working diligently to turn users' suggestions into realities.



This message has been brought to you by your friendly YouTube Community Council.

Until the next update...



The YouTube Team

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Celebrate '08 With Radiohead

We're happy to ring in 2008 with a performance by Radiohead; it's a private in-studio rendition of In Rainbows. This unique video is titled "Scotch Mist (a film with Radiohead in it)" and was taped a few weeks ago at the band's UK studio (and out and about in the neighbouring countryside). Not only does it include an intimate rundown of songs from the band's new album, it tosses in Oxfordshire lad slow-mo antics along with a few animated surprises.






To all those who dare to leap into the new year on a bold note, Happy 2008!


Cheers,

Michele K-Tel

YouTube Music