YouTube is in the middle of a major re-design process right now. The entire YouTube site is being changed. The home page, the channel page, everything is getting a makeover. I have been updating Pirate Lifestyle TV from the old design to the new design.
A huge change, a major change, a change that will seriously affect how we communicate is the removal of YouTube friends. Yep, friends are now officially gone. All of your friends, like me here on Pirate Lifestyle TV, have migrated to the all-new Contact list, which is an address book…basically.
YouTube's explanation, "Friends and Subscriptions work similarly in a lot ways and a large amount of users were both subscribed to and friends with one Channel, making receiving updates incredibly confusing for many."