YouTube integration with Google+ expands to comments section

Apparently Google+ isn't dead yet and Google hasn't given up on pushing it onto its users. The latest appearance its making in Google's products is in YouTube's comments section.

Now Google+ is arguably in full swing on YouTube. Starting this week on channel discussion tabs and eventually on all videos, Google+ Circles will be a major feature of YouTube comments. It will allow users to switch between all comments and certain ones from people in their Circles. Additionally, people can comment publicly or privately again to just Circles.

Google+ was already somewhat integrated with YouTube and its comments after Google insisted people switch over to commenting using their Google+ name instead of YouTube username. Once you switch over from your username to Google+ name for a certain period of time, there's no switching back though — so it's more like "force" than "insist".

YouTube is also improving comments in more universally practical ways for channel owners such as auto-approving comments from certain fans and blocking certain words. 

This decision won't be a popular choice among people who don't actively use Google+ as a social network, but kudos to Google for service integration and certainly perseverance.

Source: TechnoBuffalo | Image via YouTube

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brent3000 said,
I still don't want to merge my Google+ with my youtube

I deleted my G+ profile after google insisted on integrating it into everything.

Never looked back

I deleted my G+ account recently because of the idiotic link between them. I just can't understand why everything needs to be G+. If it weren't for my gmail account, I would have deleted my Google account completely...

Love this

Hopefully in the future, nobody will be anonymous. You post rubbish like the guy in the first post and you should face the consequences.

Loving google at the minute, about time they linked all their services together.

Perfect timing for Microsoft to step in, aquire Netflix or Hulu or Vimeo and take over the disgruntled Youtube userbase.

AsherGZ said,
Perfect timing for Microsoft to step in, aquire Netflix or Hulu or Vimeo and take over the disgruntled Youtube userbase.

Outside this website the vast majority won't care at all.

AsherGZ said,
Perfect timing for Microsoft to step in, aquire Netflix or Hulu or Vimeo and take over the disgruntled Youtube userbase.

They better keep their hands off Netflix. Love that service, and I don't want Microsoft ruining it!!

Shadowzz said,
Remember Bing videos? And how it failed and became a video indexer instead of video hosting/streaming service.

There was MSN Video / Soapbox as well.

thealexweb said,

There was MSN Video / Soapbox as well.


Oh yeah..

Well I much more prefer Bing Videos as a video indexer as it is now. Screw youtube, I just search there and usually everything I want is found on other video hosting sites anyways.

Spicoli said,
Not that would buy it but how would they ruin it? They've got a lot of experience in entertainment delivery and the set top box platform.

really?

Last time I looked the only 'set top' box they had was a £200 games console. Did I miss the £50 xbox media streamer?

Do they offer a monthly subscription plan for TV and Movies? I live in the UK, and the only content they offer is rentals or purchases :-(

Shadowzz said,
Remember Bing videos? And how it failed and became a video indexer instead of video hosting/streaming service.

A user upload service isn't the same as a content subscription service. Youtube because the de facto standard and killed most of the other ones.

glen8 said,

really?

Last time I looked the only 'set top' box they had was a £200 games console. Did I miss the £50 xbox media streamer?

Do they offer a monthly subscription plan for TV and Movies? I live in the UK, and the only content they offer is rentals or purchases :-(

I'm not sure the point there as it's more than just a streamer. Since the context would be "if they bought Netflix" I'm not sure what the point is about "they don't have a Netflix at this time."

Everything Google will be "Google+" in the end. Google services will just become different ways of interacting with Google+, wherever there is a social component involved, or where there can be one involved. I'm sure this is why they chose the peculiar brand name "Google+". It's to be the new Google and is just a long transition plan.

Google+ is dead. It was supposed to be a large scale marketing platform like Facebook but now it's just something they sneak in on you just to say they have accounts. It magically signs you up when you create an account for your phone or if you just create a gmail account. Not a single news organization or business around me updates their page anymore.

This is exactly how China works to control their propaganda. Censor or manipulate the comments made by people. America really is no better than China. And neither is Google, obviously.

Google is trying to force feed Google+ on everyone, because they know they can't get anyone to use it. Its the same reason they forced it on all Android users who want to leave a comment for an App.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised, its done by the king of spyware.

Funny how the people here don't like hateful comments on YouTube. You would rather have a biased thread of comments kissing up someone apparently?

I guess Bieber will benefit greatly from Google on Youtube.

Heaven forbid someone tell the truth about something.

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