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Facebook’s Updated Desktop Layout is Now Appearing for More Users

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In what feels a little like deja-vu, Facebook has this week confirmed that more users will now start seeing its new-look desktop layout, which includes tabs along the top of the screen, and a more compressed view.

New Facebook desktop layout

We actually reported back in September that more people were getting access to this new desktop presentation style, which Facebook first announced in May last year. It seems odd that it’s taking such a long time to make its way through the implementation pipeline, but Facebook is taking a slow and cautious approach, which includes asking those who have been granted access to the new format for their feedback on possible improvements as they go.

In order to access the new layout, once it becomes available to you, you’ll see a prompt in your News Feed asking you to check out the new features.

New Facebook desktop format notification

You can’t request access – as per CNET, the option is currently only being made available to a “small percentage” of users. Facebook says that its plan is then to shift into a much broader roll-out before April – which would make it almost a year out from the initial announcement of the update.

It’s not a major change – there are no amazing new functionalities or tools that you suddenly get access to in the new layout. But it does aim to improve desktop navigation – Facebook’s intention with the update is to bring the desktop version more in line with the mobile app, while also making it easier for users to switch between usage areas.

Facebook desktop upgrade

So, something to look forward to – if you don’t have access yet, it seems like you likely will sometime in the first quarter of 2020. Though given previous delays, don’t hold us to that. 

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YouTube Tests Improved Comment Removal Notifications, Updated Video Performance and Hashtag Insights

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YouTube Expands its 'Pre-Publish Checks' Tool to the Mobile App

YouTube’s looking to provide more context on content removals and violations, while it’s also experimenting with a new form of analytics on average video performance benchmarks, along with improved hashtag discovery, which could impact your planning and process.

First off, on policy violations – YouTube’s looking to provide more context on comment removals via an updated system that will link users through to the exact policy that they’ve violated when a comment is removed.

As explained by YouTube’s Conor Kavanagh:

“Many users have told us that they would like to know if and when their comment has been removed for violating one of our Community Guidelines. Additionally, we want to protect creators from a single user’s ability to negatively impact the community via comments, either on a single channel or multiple channels.”

The new comment removal notification aims to address this, by providing more context as to when a comment has been removed for violating the platform’s Community Guidelines.

In expansion of this, YouTube will also put some users into timeout if they keep breaking the rules. Literally:

If someone leaves multiple abusive comments, they may receive a temporary timeout which will block the ability to comment for up to 24 hours.”

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YouTube says that this will hopefully reduce the amount of abusive comments across the platform, while also adding more transparency to the process, in order to help people understand how they’ve broken the rules, which could also help to guide future behavior.

On a similar note, YouTube’s also expanding its test of timestamps in Community Guidelines policy violation notifications for publishers, which provide more specific details on when a violation has occurred in video clips.

Initially only available for violations of its ‘Harmful and Dangerous’ policy, YouTube’s now expanding these notifiers to violations related to ‘Child Safety’, ‘Suicide and Self-Harm’, and ‘Violent or Graphic’.

If you’re in the experiment, you’ll see these timestamps in YouTube Studio as well as over email if we believe a violation has occurred. We hope these timestamps are useful in understanding why your video violated our policies and we hope to expand to more policies over time.”

On another front, YouTube’s also testing a new analytics card in YouTube Studio which will show creators the typical amount of views they get on different formats, including VODs, Shorts, and live streams.

YouTube average video performance

As you can see in this example, the new data card will provide insight into the average amount of views you see in each format, based on your the last 10 uploads in each, which could provide more comparative context on performance.

Finally, YouTube’s also launched a test that aims to showcase more relevant hashtags on video clips.

“We’re launching an experiment to elevate the hashtags on a video’s watch page that we’ve found viewers are interested in, instead of just the first few added to the video’s description. Hashtags are still chosen by creators themselves – nothing is changing there – the goal of the experiment is simply to drive more engagement with hashtags while connecting viewers with content they will likely enjoy.”

So YouTube will be looking to highlight more relevant hashtags in video clips, as a means to better connect users to more video clips on the same topic.

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Which could put more emphasis on hashtag use – so it could be time to upgrade your hashtag research approach in line with the latest trending topics.

All of these updates are fairly minor, but they could impact your YouTube approach, and it’s worth considering the potential impacts in your process.

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