Google has been looking to bring Google+ commenting to YouTube. The idea is that it will improve comments, make them more social and keep them better moderated. YouTube comments can be a mess, so we have been really looking forward to this. It’s been a long wait since this was announced in September, but now Google is ready to roll the new commenting system to their video streaming service!
The rollout is said to start this week, so you should be seeing some changes in your videos soon. We have no word on when the new system will come to the mobile YouTube apps, but it should be relatively soon. Let’s step back and see how this update makes YouTube better, though.
- Comments you care about move to the top: Posts from the videos creator will appear at the top (as they do now), along with popular personalities, “engaged” discussions about the video, and of course, people from your Google+ Circles.
- Join the conversation publicly or privately: Just like on Google+ you can start a public conversation that is seen by everyone on YouTube and Google+, or keep things viewable to only people in your Circles. Replies will be threaded, making conversations easy to follow.
- Better ways to moderate comments: YouTube creators will have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block key words, or save time by whitelisting comments from specific users.
All you need to start enjoying the new Google+ powered comments is to sign into your YouTube account, which needs to be connected to your Google+ account. You can connect your YouTube and Google+ accounts by clicking here. Get ready to comment! Let’s see how this works. I have been enjoying the Google+ comments on Blogger, so this should be an even better experience!