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New YouTube Features Announced

Posted by: , 03:02 AEDT, Sun March 29, 2009

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YouTube has announced a number of changes to its website and is promises to keep its user in mind in regards to what is going on

The first thing they are going to do is keep everyone up to date with all news by publishing "release notes" after every update regardless of how large or small.

"That way you can get a broader sense of what's new on the site, from major features to cosmetic touches, as well as background on the thinking or motivation behind some of these items."

These updates are solely designed to make YouTube a smarter more intuitive service to use.  Here are a few updates just released:

  • Better mobile integration: First up is an improvement of the site's mobile service. A new mobile landing page has been created, which is a "a lot more smooth and intuitive" than previous efforts.
  • Twitter functionality: The site now has a "share to Twitter" button. The folks at YouTube have realized that Twitter is the hot, new thing on the internet and have made it easier to post links of videos to the micro-bogging service.
  • Easier log-in: There's now a one-place sign-in for users who already have a Google account.
  • Social-networking: YouTube has now made it easier to contact your friends through the service. There's now the ability for you to send an invite and personalized note to a user name or email address. And there's also an instant friend link to instant message.
  • HD is simplified: If you want to post HD videos, you now don't need a degree in HTML, as YouTube has simplified the way to get hi-def footage on to the site. "We want to give you more control over how your video looks, including the option of it being eye-blazingly clear (HD), so we've now added an official URL parameter (hd=1) for sharing HD links," the blog says.


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