my experience switching to youtube "one channel"
As a YouTube partner user (don't be impressed by that,) I got the ability recently to try out the new "YouTube One" option design, so I enabled it on my YouTube channel thinking I could switch back to the old design if I didn't like it, just like YouTube has done before.
After I switched over, there is no option to switch back, so I'm stuck with it.
I was pissed off about not having the ability to switch back to the old design, but I figured since YT is going to force this on everyone just like Facebook did with Timeline, I might as well grin and bear it.
Here's what I ended up with:
...and it wasn't easy.
When I tried to modify my channel using Firefox 19, that just wasn't happening. So I launched Google Chrome 25 and YouTube at that point "played nice" where I could change around things.
Also, if from the above your said to yourself, "Gee, that looks a lot like a Facebook profile," you're not the first to think that. The topmost portion where there's a banner + user icon is very similar to how Facebook pages looks. Functionality is totally different, obviously, but the look is similar.
What makes the new YouTube One design suck?
The angle with this YT design is that it's supposed to work on three different platforms (personal computer, smartphone/tablet, television,) but this comes at the expense of having a difficult user interface in order to make that happen, and taking away features.
These are the sucky things:
I tried in my best effort to make my channel as easy-to-use by getting rid of certain playlist boxes, purposely using vertical menus instead of horizontal crap, and I think it's, well, tolerable. :-)
Nobody likes the new YouTube design. Read the comments on this article here to find out why. Heck, someone even put up an online petition because they hated the new design so much.
Not to sound like a defeatist or anything, but nobody is going to stop YouTube from forcing One Channel on everyone. Not happening. Goog is laying down the hammer; it's happening, and there's not a damned thing you can do about it...
...and that's why I decided to go for it now and get it over with. It's a bad design, but then again there has been no design change on YouTube since 2008 that's been any good.
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