I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know what YouTube is, but I don’t want anyone to leave this blog just because they are unfamiliar with YouTube. That is why I am providing a brief introduction to YouTube; feel free to skip the next paragraph if you already know what YouTube is (believing that you are reading every line of this blog🙂)
YouTube is a video sharing and social media platform that was founded in February 2005. Every day, its users watch over one billion hours of video. YouTube content providers, widely known as YouTubers, upload more than 100 hours of video per minute.
With a few exceptions, the redesigns are only concerned with the product’s visual appearance, with no regard for the product’s existing identity and no consideration for usability difficulties. No doubt look is important but let’s get out of this box and think about enhancing user experience.
Like button👍 flow
If you use YouTube, you must be familiar with the LIKE BUTTON. When you press this button, the video is preserved in your liked videos, and when you delete it from your liked videos, your like is removed.
What is the problem❓
1. It stops me to like the video
Whenever I found a video of a course that helps me a lot or a video that gets me out of a stuck situation I want to appreciate the content or the YouTuber by liking the video but the thought that it will be got collected in like videos😑, stops me for doing so. Because it feels like you want to show your appreciation for a street performer by giving him money because you enjoyed his performance, but you now have to keep him in your house so you can watch him perform whenever you want… wait, what!!! noo, I’d rather not be appreciative of it at all. In a similar vein, I’d like to admire the video but not accumulate it. I barely like the videos(mostly songs) which I really want to watch again
2.What if you don’t need them anymore
Assume you are a student and you follow a course on YouTube and you really like the YouTuber’s video, which is why you always like his/her videos, but after a while, you will no longer be a student and your priorities/ taste will have changed, so you will definitely remove his/her videos from your liked videos. However, you still want to appreciate the videos that helped you a lot but now you have to delete them and your appreciation will be gone because when you remove the video from liked videos the like is also removed🙂.
3. It feels more like a save button
If I ask you how do you save a video On YouTube What would be your answer? Do You use the LIKE BUTTON more than the SAVE BUTTON to save a video if your answer is YES so this because the Like button is more accessible than the saving button in the case of YouTube? When you click on save in pc, it asks where you want to save your video in ‘watch later’ or want to ‘make a playlist’ but I think the save button should be as direct as the like button.
Current workflow of save button in mobile->
Current workflow of save button in PC->
Let’s look at Instagram reels as an example. You can clearly see in the image that there are two different options for liking and saving the video. Furthermore, if you like a video, it will not be saved. If Instagram began saving your favorite videos, nobody would like anyone’s video😆 (except their crush’s🙈).
Let’s take an another example of a popular blogging site “Medium”.
In the medium also, there are two different options for liking and saving the article. and when you like an article, it is not saved anywhere, which I believe is important because sometimes you just want to appreciate the article without saving it. For example, if a friend of yours sends you his blogs on a daily basis, you can appreciate each one but you do not want to save each one because it will overflow🤯 your saving list and make it difficult to find the saved article you really wanted to read later
The solution may have been clear to you as a result of the preceding discussion. Just don’t save the like videos. The solution is as simple as that because it stops individuals from liking video for fear of overburdening his/her list with videos and generally people use the like button as a save button in YouTube so if you are not saving liked videos, it is important to make the save button more accessible
After clicking on the videos should be saved directly to the library. It should display several saving options ( watch later, new playlist) after clicking the change or long-pressing on saved. In the library, It should show saved videos instead of liked videos. This design should be consistent with all devices (Mobile, Desktop, etc.)
This is my small attempt to enhance the user experience😊. You might disagree with me. I would love to get feedback from you 😇. Thanks for reading❤️️