YouTube as we all know it is going to become history by the end of the year. Half a decade after acquisition, Google is redesigning the user interface to look in line with the rest of Google services.

Meet The New YouTube User Interface
Meet The New YouTube User Interface

As you can see, the new design fits nicely with the design guidelines applied on Google+, new Gmail and so on and so forth. We have to say that the design is a nice change from the old school plain vanilla site, but we don’t like the fact that the "News Stream" section no longer shows multiple videos from your friends and the network.

Account Settings on the new YouTube

Getting into Account Settings, you can see that you can easily set all your privacy and sharing options here.
The Sharing and Connections tab enables you to automatically post your YouTube activity on other social networks, as well as selecting what activities you want to share or not.

My Uploaded Video Section now Includes removed videos and what can be done about it (here's a hint: nothing)
My Uploaded Video Section now Includes removed videos and what can be done about it (here’s a hint: nothing)

Checking the account page now shows the status of your videos and check to see you’re being a good boy or are putting potentially copyright infringing videos. As you can see, Bright Side of News* is currently involved in dispute with the anal people from Electronic Arts, who requested that our "Battlefield 3 Gameplay Video Damavand Peak" be removed from YouTube. All would be nice and dandy if there wasn’t for the fact that video was taken down AFTER the Battlefield 3 game came out.

Our response to that was quite swift – we have returned all purchased licenses for BF3, resulting in a direct $599 loss of revenue to EA and we are still contemplating what to do with an obviously anti-consumer company – bear in mind that you can activate titles on Steam forever, but EA’s Origin service only allows five reinstalls – after that, your money is theirs and you have no games to play or benchmark. But that is a whole different matter.

Real Time Statistics are coming to YouTube as well
Real Time Statistics are coming to YouTube as well

Getting back to YouTube’s new design, YouTube is introducing detailed real-time statistics for your videos, just like Google is preparing to introduce real-time statistics to Google Analytics.

If you like what you see and want to switch your YouTube experience from current "old school" style to this new, social friendly (like YouTube wasn’t social already :-), there is quite a simple way to activate it. Developers are keeping this new version hidden through cookies, and if you want to see it, you have to put in the string "ST1Ti53r4fU" inside the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie.

Putting that string inside the browser requires a different approach for each of the popular browsers, and we’re going to list the procedure for the most popular browsers below:

Google Chrome

  1. Copy the following code: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU; expires=1 Jan 2020 12:00:00 UTC"
  2. Open YouTube.com
  3. Open a Console by pressing Ctrl+Shift+J
  4. Paste the code
  5. Press Enter
  6. Reload the page by pressing "F5"


Microsoft Internet Explorer (checked on 8 and 9)

  1. Copy the following code: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU; expires=1 Jan 2020 12:00:00 UTC"
  2. Open YouTube.com
  3. Open Developer Tools Window by pressing F12
  4. Go to "Scripts" Tab
  5. Select Console
  6. Paste the selected code
  7. Press Run Script
  8. Close the window and refresh the site


Mozilla Firefox

  1. Copy the following code: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU; expires=1 Jan 2020 12:00:00 UTC"
  2. Open YouTube.com
  3. Open a Console by pressing Ctrl+Sift+K
  4. Paste the code
  5. Reload the page by pressing "F5"

Opera

  1. Open YouTube
  2. Right click on the empty space on the page and select "Edit Site Preferences"
  3. In "Cookies" tab, find the "VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE" cookie
  4. Double click on it and change the value to "ST1Ti53r4fU"
  5. Change expiry date to let’s say 2020
  6. Close the "Edit Site Preferences"
  7. Reload the page

If everything went fine, you’ll see the new youtube for yourself. We have checked this procedure by being both logged in with our account and as a first time user, and we had no issues.

Do bear in mind that this page is currently hidden with a reason, and the screenshots above may not reflect the way how the actual redesign is going to look like.