I’m beginning to feel like there are only three destinations on the web, Google, Facebook and YouTube. Now, we won’t be seeing Google+ teaming up with Facebook any time soon (as in “ever”), but Google+ has teamed up with YouTube so it’s even easier to share videos of kids doing cute things.
The YouTube button is located in the top right corner near your Circle profile pics. Click on it and it rolls out like a tongue and asks “What would you like to play?” Type any word, general or specific in the box and it pops-up a list of options with a player at the top.
I chose the word Thanksgiving for the test and here’s what I got. I love that they included Addams Family Thanksgiving and Adam Sandler’s parody tune. Both excellent picks.
I tested the system with a variety of terms and received relevant results without a lot of extra fuss and nonsense.
The real boon, of course, is the easy share button. One click, optional comment box and then post. Once the video is embedded in your newsfeed, another button appears. It says YouTube Playlist and if you click that, you get a list of videos related to the one posted. In this case, a variety of Addams Family clips.
The bottom line? I wouldn’t go to Google+ just to locate a YouTube video, but I found the new widget to be very enticing and user friendly. If you follow me on the network, be prepared to see plenty of pop culture videos popping up in my feed from now on.
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