YouTube exploring redesign of description section on web version

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Google-owned online video platform YouTube is reportedly working on the redesign of the description section on the Web.

The redesign aims to make the comments, video view count, publish date, and video description more prominent. The video description, which presently appears beneath the YouTube channel name, will now appear just below the video title.

Furthermore, the view counts and publish date show up right below the video title and are much bolder than before. The video description appears right after the publication date and requires more concise content than before.

If the video description is too long, the new design makes it appear cramped, and if it spills over to the second line, a “Show More” option appears. The option to add links might prove to be difficult with this redesign.

According to the reports, some other changes are being tested as well that essentially look to put more focus on user comments. There is no clarity on when these changes will go live for all Web users.

Further, depending on the size of the window, buttons for like, unlike, share, and save will show next to the video description. The channel name resides below the view count in a faintly outlined box. The number of comments and the top comment are both noted in different boxes next to it.

As per the reports, “Just below the channel name will be the option to add a new comment, followed by other less popular comments posted underneath the video.” This description redesign for YouTube Web users is in the testing phase and is only showing up for a few selected users.

“There is no certainty that it may be rolled out commercially and Google may just scrap it in the development process itself. The design is also rather unclear and congested, and Google may fine-tune it a lot before deciding to roll it out for all users,” according to the media reports.

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