Like watching a movie together: Only, Remotely
YouTube at the moment is just not concentrating on this aspect of the video sharing experience. At the very least they should allow us to know which of our friends are online when we login, user creation of communities should be pushed/made easier to do and the commenting or chatting experience should be made richer by allowing pictures or emoticons etc. I believe this is an opportunity for its competitors to take the lead in the interaction/social networking area.
If it were up to me, the following are the things that I would like to see on a Video Sharing homepage:
a) Featured Videos
b) Tabs for different subjects and sub-tabs once you click on those
c) Another set of Tabs for listing by Popularity/Recently Added/Recently featured.
d) A box showing for which of your friends is online
e) Another box showing a console where you would get a summary of new messages, new comments on your video, new replies to your comments and all the groups you are part of.
The YouTube Homepage: Can be improved
Thought No. 2: No stickiness with YouTube
Thought No. 3: A direct attack may not work
Thought No. 4: Content is king
Thought No. 6: A small part of a whole system
Thought N0. 7: Monetizing video sharing