New Social Media Friendly YouTube Re-Design Accidentally Leaked
Written By: Rob Rosales
Sometimes you run into a golden preview in the tech world. And sometimes sites like Facebook, Google+, and YouTube launch beta examples to active users, but only for a split second…
Thanks to our ultra attentive Art Director, Freddie Pierce, we have found that golden preview.
Below is a screen shot of a possible change to the YouTube design and experience. Take a look:
From the image above we can make a few educated guesses about what Google has planned for the future of YouTube. The phrase of the day is: Social Media Friendly. The inclusion of Google+ and Facebook will make YouTube truer to its name- your channel, through your preferred social networking identity
Social Media Emphasis:
It makes sense that Google owned YouTube would use this channel to give Google+ An edge over Facebook. With over 34,560 hours of video uploaded per day and over 3 billion views per day on YouTube, integrating a social element to the site might be the winning factor for Google.
Just see the Google+ button on the left hand of the profile screen image. This could mean YouTube channels will fall under the umbrella and social identity of your Google Profile. In other words your Gmail, documents, Google+, calendars, and now even your YouTube channel will fall under one Google dashboard and login.
The Facebook tab in the screen shot also gives us a deeper glimpse into the new social YouTube experience. Quite simply, integrating your Facebook profile to YouTube equates not only more users- but more engaged users.
Once new users become engaged to the YouTube experience, via potential Facebook login, then Google has the opportunity to flip the tables and introduce those same users to Google+. Offering special customizable options to Google+ users on YouTube could play to their overall advantage as well.
Also, having a Facebook and Google+ on YouTube allows the site to import all your interests and likes to make personalized video recommendations. Marketers, advertisers, and viewers could all benefit from this change.
Though this change may not happen for some time, we welcome this added social element to YouTube!
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.