watch nowYouTube is testing out a new feature that’ll save you some time when you’re looking for a specific video to watch. The Google Operating System blog reports that the new experimental feature, which can be enabled in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8 and above, will place a link, complete with thumbnail and ‘Watch now’ call-to-action, to whatever video it thinks your searching for.

The screenshots below illustrate how it works. As you can see, when “evol” is typed into the search bar, YouTube automatically guesses that you’re searching for ‘Evolution of Dance’ and gives you the option to head to that video page in one click.

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It looks like this feature isn’t perfect though – but can YouTube really be expected to read our minds all the time? The Google Operating System blog points out that, “For some reason, YouTube suggests videos even when it’s not obvious what you want to watch. For example, typing ‘concerto in’ triggers 2 suggestions.”



Want to give this feature a try? Click here to find out how to install it and let us know what you think.

Personally, I kind of like the idea of saving myself a click when searching for a specific video. And as for the bizarre “concerto in” example, who knows! Maybe a random ‘watch now’ suggestion will turn out to be your new favorite YouTube video!