Youtube has grown tremendously in popularity, both in English-speaking countries as well as non-English-speaking countries. This is pretty amazing given that its interface is in English only. The site is pretty easy to navigate, and it has an amazing amount of content. Youtube’s search function, however, can use a bit of help. I have 3 suggestions:
1) Make sure the index and the actual content match up. It’s very frustrating to click on a video from the search result, only to find out that the video has been removed. If the video has been removed, don’t make it available as a search result.
2) In the search box, allow the user to specify how to sort. Right now, the default sort is relevance. This doesn’t work well for me, as I am always looking for the latest videos for certain keywords. As a result, I always need to go through one additional click to get the results I want.
3) Better yet, since I stay logged in to Youtube, they can ask for my default sort order and apply it whenever I do a search. To take it a step further, it would be great if they perform the search for me and display the newest videos that I want whenever I go to youtube.com.