Details are admittedly fuzzy at best but YouTube appears to be testing out a new feature that's designed to enhance users' ability to zone out – to surf from video, to video, to video across minutes, if not hours of passive multimedia exploration.
In other words, YouTube's keen to the fact that some, if not all, users like to just click around the site and watch random videos. The videos might link to each other, come suggested by YouTube, or get uploaded by users' friends and subscriptions. Regardless, users like to video surf.
Accordingly, YouTube appears to be testing out a new feature called the "Moodwall." This element goes one step above YouTube's standard channels and categories, as it allows users to now select a "vibe" or feeling that they want to try and achieve within the videos themselves – selections like "funny," "gross," "inspiring," or "catchy," to name a few.
Presumably, clicking on one of these "feelings" will pull up an endless stream of videos that match a particular feeling users are trying to achieve. We say "presumably," because it appears as if YouTube is just testing out the new feature for a subset of its users. We don't know how big that subset is, how to get in on the test, or when YouTube might be looking to roll out this feature to the entirety of its platform.
If that even happens, we should note – user reactions to Moodwall haven't exactly been encouraging thus far.
"My browse page in youtube has been replaced with some weird page that calls itself moodwall. My homepage is still functional, as are the movies and upload tab, but this moodwall is this weird limited selection of a set of the same 15 videos (they were all posted around 2011)," writes a user on Google's product forums. "All of them have captions like 'catchy', 'amazing', etc. None of them have video titles. The videos never change."
Curiously, clearing one's browser cache, history, and cookies appears to remove the Moodwall from YouTube's front page. It's unclear just how Moodwall might be enabled for one's YouTube account, but it does appear to be some kind of setting that can be removed if watching videos by mood just isn't your groove.