Friday, 29 February 2008

Invitation to Test Our New Homepage Beta

We mentioned the upcoming limited release of a New Experimental Personalised Homepage on our blog a few days ago. As of today, the page is now available to a small, randomly selected group of users. But even if you're not in this group, you can still give it a whirl. You only need to login to your YouTube account and click this link to opt in to the experiment.

We want to know what you think about this new personalised YouTube experience. The more feedback we receive the better, so don't forget to leave your comments here. We'll be watching!

The YouTube Team

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

New Experimental Personalised Homepage

Something we talk a lot about here at YouTube are ways to make it even easier to discover great videos that you'll find interesting. That's why, in the coming days, we will be making an experimental version of a new YouTube homepage 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. We'll post another blog with a link to give everyone access.

What will this homepage look like? Glad you asked!

Alongside homepage regulars like Featured and Most Popular videos, the experimental homepage will include personalised recommendations, the latest videos from your subscriptions and an easier way to see what your friends are uploading, making their favourites 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 favourited 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 favourite video creators upload new material. To help you keep track of the most current activity, we've changed the layout that displays newly added videos from your subscriptions. 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 favourites, ratings, or uploaded videos on your channel, then your existing, confirmed friends will receive a feed of updates when you favourite, 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, we include a dashboard that places stats about your Inbox and information about your videos front and centre. The new display also showcases stats such as your uploads, total views, number of honours and more.

The goal with all of this is to gauge people's interest in having a YouTube that's tailored to the individual. Ultimately, we want to get you one step closer to the videos you'll enjoy every time you come to the site. We're excited to hear your thoughts on the personalised YouTube experience and we welcome your feedback.

Again, when the link to the new experimental homepage is available, we'll let you know so keep your eyes on the blog!

The YouTube Team

Saturday, 16 February 2008

The Berlinale Talent Campus on YouTube

This weekend, the 58th annual Berlin International Film Festival wraps
up and, with it, the sixth annual href="">Berlinale Talent Campus, a
summit for 350 young filmmakers to attend lectures, classes and panel
discussions and to work on their own projects in hands-on workshops.

For the second year, the href="">Talent Campus also
featured a special program called the Garage Studio, a production
platform for four lucky filmmakers to shoot and edit a short film for
the Internet under the tutelage of master filmmakers and using amazing
production resources. (Mike Figgis, the award-winning director of
Leaving Las Vegas and Internal Affairs, was one such mentor.)

The best part? You can see the final four films, plus behind-the-scenes
footage from the href="">Campus, right here:

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For more information on the href="">Talent Campus, visit the
website and
think about applying next year - for any aspiring filmmaker, it is an
opportunity not to be missed!

Happy viewing,

Sara P.

YouTube Film

Friday, 1 February 2008

New Face, No Significant Increase in Hair

Hi YouTubers,

I'm very excited to introduce myself. I'm your new Comedy Manager, Mark Day. Some of you might know me as a bald guy ranting in front of a yellow wall, in what some believe to be "a pretend Scottish accent." But given the countless number of users on the site, I'll be a new name to many of you. Either way, I'll be doing everything I can to bring you the full range of comedy available on YouTube today -- from the best sketch groups and the latest movie parodies to up-and-coming stand-up comedians and the kind of videobloggers who love to make their subscribers laugh.

I've been a YouTube user since March of '06, and I've been lucky enough to meet and even collaborate with many talented people since then. I know just how much work people put into creating original content, and I'm looking forward to helping our finest comedic talent find the spotlight to shine.

Now that I'm part of the YouTube team, you won't be seeing much of my big bald head any more (which is, perhaps, a blessing). But I do want to thank everyone who made it fun for me to get in front of a video camera in the first place. Now I hope I do my part to encourage more users to post their own rants, skits and amusing opinions. As for my yellow wall, it's currently hoping to film its own sitcom pilot as soon as the writers' strike is over.


Mark D.

YouTube Comedy