Posted November 6, 2013 6:09 pm by with 6 comments

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YouTube said they were going to do it and it’s done – Google+ commenting is now live.

YouTube has been pushing people to tie their YouTube account to their Google+ account for many months and now they’re making it even harder to say no. This new feature allows you to direct your comments to your Google+ friends with a tag mention.

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It’s an easy process if you know the Google+ usernames of all of your friends. Just write your comment then type + and the first letter and you’ll get a drop down with options. You can also tag circles of people by clicking the “Public” drop down then choosing which of your circles you want to add.

You can also remove the “Public” tag and keep the comment between you and your friends. Since replies are threaded, you can easily follow a conversation and pull anyone in – such as the creator of the video – whenever you feel the need.

YouTube is also going to decide which comments you care about:

Comments you care about move to the top: You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can still see the most recent comments by switching from “Top Comments” to “Newest First.”

If you post content on YouTube, there are new options for you, too:

Easily moderate comments: If you also post videos on your channel, you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans.

Need to see this explained in a video? I’ve got you covered.

The takeaway here is that comments are now conversations. As a content provider, you should be replying to your commenters. Suggest other videos and not just your own. Answer their questions. Thank them for stopping buy. Sure there are a lot of drive-by trolls and spammers on YouTube but if you take the time, you can cultivate a valuable community of loyal viewers.



  • セフィロス

    This ruins the youtube experience for me. I haven’t tied my account to a g+ account for the reason I do not want a g+ account. I hate how google keeps trying to shove g+ down my throat when I do not wish to be a part of it.

    • nick

      G+ is Google’s social layer. It’s intended to make all Google products more social.

      • セフィロス

        I’m aware of that. I was a G+ user when they came out in beta up until earlier this year.
        Yet, they are under the assumption that everyone wants to use it.
        Yes, I understand G+ is trying to compete, but forcing it for everything is not making it better.
        I don’t even use social networking sites, why must a video viewing site need to be tied into a social network.

  • Floriefemay

    I think this looks like the same with Facebook tags. Oh well! This too could be a good update also and I like it because they are making it easier when you use Google + and YouTube. Things could be new but generally people will get used to it.

    Thanks for sharing Cynthia.

    I found and I “kingged” this on the Internet marketing social site – and left a comment.

  • Ugh, why did they have to do this? Where the top comments used to be, there are instead posts like “Some guy shared this via Google+”, which I don’t even care about. They also seem to have taken out the feature to show the parent comment without navigating to another page. This is one of the worst changes to YouTube in a long while.

  • I_warned_ya

    Over the last year YouTube has been made needlessly confusing, and now Google wants you standing in your underwear for the world to see- all under the guise of “we needed to make the comments more friendly!”