YouTube: Now even better for the short-attention-span set

A new player makes it easier than ever to channel surf on YouTube.

YouTube just rolled out a change to its embedded player. Now, when you mouse over a playing video, everywhere but on YouTube.com itself, you get a fancy list of related videos across the bottom of the player, like the Mac OS Dock. There are also next and previous arrows on the sides of the player now.

YouTube's new video dock. CNET Networks

Formerly, you had to wait for a video to end before you got the list of relateds. With this new feature, you don't have to wait anymore. Bored with what you're watching? Zap on over to another vid in a heartbeat.

It's a good feature and nicely implemented, but it also means that the number of videos that get played to the end will likely decrease--a lot. If you're producing vids for YouTube, keep this in mind. Get your licks in early, because your audience is now much more likely to walk out the door before your final act.

Tags:
Software
About the author

Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
The best and worst quotes of 2014 (pictures)
A roomy range from LG (pictures)
This plain GE range has all of the essentials (pictures)
Sony's 'Interview' heard 'round the world (pictures)
Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Astrobotic's rover on the rocks (pictures)
CNET's 15 favorite How Tos of 2014