A furor is raging at GooTube. The goofballs in charge are threatening to shove a new channel design upon users. The design has been around for months, and very few have voluntarily switched to beta. Some tried beta and quickly moved back to the original design. Tens of thousands of irate users are bitterly demanding continued choice of design. Not elimination of beta, merely continued choice.
Is choice so much to ask? Given Google's obstinate refusal to consider any requests from users, it appears that it is.
Just to test beta's features, I opened a new GreedTube channel.
Apologists for beta – some of whom I suspect of being on the payroll – are claiming that we hate the design because we can't figure out how to use it. These people appear to rank alongside creationists in the logic department.
Beta is cumbersome for visitors to a channel page. It is, however, easy to modify the page's design and modules.
I still hate it. Tens of thousands hate it.
It is cluttered, cramped, and singularly unattractive, that's why.
Easier channel set-up features are all well and good, but how much time and trouble is it to set up design on the more complicated alpha channels? Very little. Once one has worked out how to do it, a new alpha channel requires only about five minutes to design, particularly if one is familiar with the html codes for colours.
The ideal solution? Adapt the easier editing features to the original lay-out and icon sizes. Seems a simple solution. I have absolutely no confidence that the goofballs at GooTube are capable of coming up with a simple solution that keeps users and advertisers happy.
So, it looks as though boycotts and departures to other video streaming sites are absolutely inevitable.
It might be wise to sell your shares in Google. If they continue to perform at these levels, the company is doomed.