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YouTube launches better homepages

YouTube is changing its homepage for those with accounts, after receiving feedback about how its users interact with the site. 

“After countless user studies and community surveys, one thing came in loud and clear: the homepage in its current form doesn’t mean much to most of you, and could be more personally relevant,” the company said.

The goal of the re-designed homepage is to put more of an emphasis on "videos for you.”

Developers have removed the less-used modules such as ‘Videos Being Watched Now’ while moving modules like ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Featured Videos’ over to the right side.

“All of these changes were to make room for a combined list of personally relevant videos made up of recommendations for you, your subscriptions activity, and videos being shared by your friends,” a blog post continued.

Enhancements on offer for logged in users only are:

-Increased focus on videos that matter to you (subscriptions, friend's sharing, recommendations)
-You can easily filter your homepage to show only the latest uploads from your subscriptions
-Don't miss anything; if a channel uploads four videos in a day, you’ll see all four - instead of just the latest video-
-Quick access to the inbox when you have new messages or comments
-Knows what you have seen (videos you've watched are grayed out)
-Remove any video (hover and click the "x" button)

“Although some of you might miss some features, we think this latest version is a step in the right direction,” YouTube added. “It’s simpler, more personal, and it makes it easier to follow and watch the videos that are meaningful to you. So today we're rolling out this new homepage for all logged in users worldwide.”

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