Google’s video viewing and streaming platform YouTube has announced some ‘major’ changes on its website that will be rolling out in the coming days. The company is now giving users more control over what videos appear on their homepage, channels and more.
First up is the ability to easily explore topics and videos related to it. These are essentially one or two-word search keywords, tapping on which will directly show you the results. This eliminates the time and effort to manually type the kind of videos you want to see and going forward with the search. These topics can be found when you scroll to the top of the home page or just below the video that you’re currently viewing. Needless to say, these will be personalised on the basis of what you are watching. This will be available for signed-in users in English and on YouTube Android app for now. It will be made available for iOS, desktop and other languages soon.
The second feature talked about is the ability to remove suggestions from channels that you don’t want to watch. All you need to do is to tap on the three-dot menu beside a video on the home page or Up Next and tap on the ‘Don’t recommend channel’ option. This doesn’t mean the videos from that channel will vanish from your search, subscription or the Trending tab. This feature is already visible for some Android and iOS users and will reach desktop versions soon.
YouTube says that it will also start giving users more information about the video underneath it in a small box. This is for those recommended videos that show up from channels that users have not subscribed. “Our goal is to explain why these videos surface on your homepage in order to help you find videos from new channels you might like,” adds the blog post. This feature is also available for the iOS version of YouTube app and will be coming to Android and desktop soon.