YouTube is rolling out a change affecting the way videos appear on its platform. The company today announcement a redesign that now splits video content into three different tabs across all channel pages: one for traditional long-form YouTube content, another for YouTube-only shorts, and a third for live videos, including streams live past, present and future.
The changes will make it easier for users to access the types of YouTube videos they want to watch – a decision YouTube says it made based on user feedback. In a announcementthe company said it heard from viewers that they want to be able to access the types of content that most interest them when exploring a creator’s channel page, which led to this redesign.
The update also means that short film content and live streams will no longer be found in the main Videos tab of the channel page – something that might appeal to longtime YouTube viewers who don’t have disliked the infiltration of YouTube’s abridged content into their favorite. the channel’s video streams in recent months.
However, for those who do like watching Shorts, the redesign gives YouTube a way to direct them to shorter videos. Now, when users watch Shorts videos in the main YouTube app’s Shorts feed and then go to the creator’s channel, they’ll be taken directly to this new Shorts tab to watch even more Shorts content. This could help YouTube increase its views for shorts, as those users won’t be immediately lost in the creator’s long-form content like before.
Early user feedback on Twitter in response to YouTube’s post about the changes has been positive, as users express appreciation for giving each type of content its own separate category.
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The redesign follows another major YouTube update this month that introduced, finally, YouTube handles in @username format. These usernames will now allow creators to identify their channel and interact with their viewers through YouTube shorts, channel pages, video descriptions, comments, and more.
YouTube says the tab redesign is rolling out starting today and will be available to all users on all devices in the coming weeks.