YouTube Just Got A Massive Redesign And Creators Aren't Here For It
30 August 2017, 13:06 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:42
Every time YouTube has gone through a major design change, there has been uproar from the community. Believe us, we've been around the site for over a decade; and for some reason, a YouTube redesign is always cause for alarm. But this time round, even with a slight logo change, the site's redesign isn't the biggest thing on most creators' minds.
*KLAXONS*— Taha Khan (@KhanStopMe) August 29, 2017
YOUTUBE CHANGED ITS LOGO.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
*EVEN MORE KLAXONS*
MAKE SURE YOU SMASH THApic.twitter.com/bZDaFWtdMf
YouTube rolled out a series of updates to their desktop site and app yesterday.
Announcing the changes on Twitter, YouTube finally unveiled a number of things they have been testing for some time; including a new desktop layout (that includes the Dark theme), improvements to playback on mobile devices - and most controversially, an update to their iconic logo. The "Tube" in YouTube has officially been pulled from its home in the red tube shape; and the site's official "play button" icon has taken its place with a bright new recolour.
But most YouTubers seem to think there are bigger issues at hand.
With channels still constantly being demonetised, subscriptions still acting out of whack, and the site's algorithms pushing everybody to make the same kind of videos, plenty of creators think that more about the site needs attention than just how it looks. So while the response to the actual design was surprisingly lukewarm, a lot of people took the chance to share how they really feel.
There was room for jokes, obviously.
everyone's unhappy, the place is falling apart but sure let's redecorate pic.twitter.com/gbZvAHGrb1— Jeydon Wale (@wtfjeydonwale) August 29, 2017
everyone: youtube my entire channel has been demonetized for saying heck please help i cant afford food— Mike (@Piemations) August 29, 2017
youtube: we made a new logo lol pic.twitter.com/7Ak8Tmy44K
YouTube actually let the algorithm design a logo but it was just a massive cock with a middle finger tattooed onto it.— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) August 29, 2017
But others highlighted the real issues that concern them about YouTube.
A non-curated trending tab— Sammy (@SammyAlbon) August 30, 2017
Do I mention subfeeds
Less pressure for daily, long videos
Oh dark mode... good good https://t.co/kV68ccXBao
What should have been a big day for the site's new look has been marred by their overhanging issues with their community; issues that still seem to be a long way away from being fixed. One would hope that the actual problems affecting creators are being looked at while the site gets a redesign - but like we said, we've been around for a decade; and in that entire time, actually listening to creators has never been the platform's strong suit.
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