Some Youtube Annoyance

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Youtube, the biggest video sharing website. Well, no need for me to explain. I’m sure you know about it.

I’m sure you enjoying watching video on youtube as it is, but I feel like it can improve a bit more. I’m using Youtube heavily, especially when I’m working. I don’t know why, but when I’m working, I feel more productive when I play some videos on my second screen. Even if I just listen to it.


Some important thing you must know before reading this post further. I don’t have any intention to do some bad mouthing or judge them or something like that, only discuss what Youtube can improve. Just a small minor detail that can be added without changing it too much. And I think it worth to discuss since they may be overlooked and small, but may can improve user friendliness.

So, without further ado, let’s start…

Reverse playlist

I wonder why, but they didn’t make this feature. Since they have playlist feature, why not make reverse order feature with it.

I’m not talking about playlist owner. I know playlist owner can change the order of the playlist via playlist settings like by date, by popularity, etc. I’m talking about in the normal user that play that created playlist.

For example, when you open some playlist, there are buttons to “play all”, “share”, and “save”. Why not add some more like “Play In Reverse” or “Play From Older to Newest” or something like that.

Youtube Live, Where Are You?

I know, just like Twitch, you can do livestreaming on Youtube. But suprisingly, many people don’t even know youtube can do that. At least according to people I know.

I know since I watch Youtube a lot and read the news about it. But it doesn’t get that much exposure on Youtube.

Look at twitch for a moment. What did you see?


You will see some featured channels that are live streaming at the moment or some featured games on the front page.

I didn’t mean they should copy or imitate Twitch. Twitch is video live streaming website and they offer live streaming as the main feature. They want to expose that main feature as much as possible, they want people to know about it. So, when people visit their website, people can tell that their website is some (gaming?) video live stream website.

Youtube is  video sharing website and that the main feature of Youtube. Of course, they want to expose that feature on the front page. And I think they do pretty good job doing that.

But what I mean is if you have some feature that people want to use often and know, don’t hide it. If people don’t know about some feature, it same as if it doesn’t exist in the first place.

If you need to open 2 page or more before you can reach the feature you want, I consider them as the second feature where users don’t really use it frequently. Like privacy settings for example or copyright claim. Most people don’t use that feature, maybe once or twice but not always. So they can be put on the second page like settings for example.

But live channel? I think you want to put that in front or expose them in the main page.

One of the reason is, they are live video. Whatever they are doing, they do it now (maybe with some delay). It has limited time to watch. If you miss it, even if you can play it after it ended, you may can’t get the same feeling as watching it live.

Second, at least you want to tell people that Youtube can be used to stream some live video.

This may need to do some major change to Youtube. But I think it worth to mention since Youtube already has this live stream feature and since it didn’t really well know, they need to tell the user more about it.

Default Resolution

Youtube can support many video resolution, be it high resolution like 2K or 1K resolution or smaller resolution like 480p or 320p. And it can be set automatically depend on your internet speed.

But here is one problem, there is no option to set default resolution.

Why is this a problem? Sometimes, when you play some video on the youtube, it fails to detect my internet speed connection and set it to low resolution. I can play 2K resolution without a problem. I don’t why this happen, though.

I don’t think there is an easy fix for this. Since when you load the page it may need all of the bandwidth. So it will put heavy traffic to my connection and fail to detect my actual speed. But at least they can let me set the default resolution for it. It may make the video loading slow at first when the page is still being loaded but at least I rather wait for 5 seconds for a video to load rather than watch it in lower resolution. I think, it not just me that feel this way.


I’m sure there are more feature people, some of them may need to change a lot of thing. But I think this kind of feature I write in this post can be added without too much change or work.

Well, some of them can be fixed with plugin though…

I’m sure there is more I can add but for now, I think this is small and the most important thing they can do to improve Youtube without doing too much change or work.

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