YouTube is changing its desktop interface to more closely follow the mobile version, especially when it comes to comment sections.
YouTube’s comment sections are a bustling hubbub of activity, or a raging shouting fest of conflicting opinions that all parties involved will defend to the death without moving the least bit. Always fun when the options are cool comments on the video or someone defending the Charlottesville rally. Either way, YouTube comments are a minor but notable part of internet history, as they are probably the very first instance of thumbnail forums. Prior to YouTube, discussing certain topics required either elaborate chat rooms or message boards where sorting through different topics required browsing fifty pages of content. YouTube has decided to neatly compile all user comments into a single scrollable format below the related video itself, eliminating the need for additional links or forums. It’s not exactly innovation of the century, but it’s an important part of the internet that users take for granted.
So what is this new interface that everyone is talking about? Well, in a recent Creator Insider Video, where YouTube developers look at new and upcoming changes or changes to the platform itself or adjacent material (i.e. community guidelines, sponsorship regulations) , the comment panel has been implemented. The mobile and desktop versions of YouTube have notably different interpretations of what is essentially the same concept. The desktop version, which I imagine everyone is most familiar and comfortable with (because I’m a real kid of the 90s), just has the comments spread out just below the video for purposes visualization. The biggest innovation they were introduced to was the ability to scroll to the comments section while in full screen. The mobile interface, however, does not have fully defined feedback. It has a singular top comment displayed, the others only opening to a user if they tap on said comment.
Either the YouTube developers or the community have really gone with this latest display, as a very similar version of it is now being introduced on the desktop site as well. YouTube for desktop will now have a comment section showing only a singular comment at the top. Clicking on it will open the entire comments section for the community to view at their leisure. The only difference between the mobile interface and the web interface is that the comments section opens below the video in the former, while it opens to the right of the video in the latter.
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