Google has just announced on its blog the launch of redesigned YouTube channels in ”limited beta.”
The new channel design features “channel art:” YouTube’s take on the Facebook or Google+ cover photo, which similarly sits behind a creator’s profile pic; and “channel trailers:” a way for YouTube creators to promote their content to non-subscribers.
While the new layout doesn’t force an attractive design on creators, it does provide them with a chance to own their channel and make it beautiful (or hideous). The flexibility YouTube offers is equivalent to a Google+ profile. In fact, the new YouTube channel is quite similar to a Google+ profile, further confirming how closely Google plans to embed its social offering into the popular service.