Google has been working hard to bring their services together, and the unification is starting to show. From design aesthetics to cross-functionality, the Google ecosystem is starting to take shape. One place that has been left to languish a bit, historically, has been YouTube. A juggernaut in its own right, Google wisely proceeded with caution when making changes to the popular video service.
As Google pushes for Google+ to continue to be the “tie that binds”, the comments section of YouTube has started to support Google+, and/or vice versa. Comments made to YouTube also show as Google+ comments, and can be limited to circles in the same way. The difference is, any public comment made will show as a Google+ post and YouTube comment.
The update also shows comments on the YouTube app, blurring the lines between mobile and desktop just as Google is doing between services that were once disparate. Any comment made to a video will also bring the video to your Google+ stream, as a post. this is great for YouTube content creators, as it gives them a much broader audience. Commenters may want to proceed with caution.
We’ve all known for some time that YouTube comments can be, well, lacking in tact. This update, while a cool way to bring services together, can also bring unwanted attention. Dan McDermott found that out when he posted a pretty innocuous comment to a YouTube video, and was met with the typical YouTube scorn. His comment was made publicly, and posted to his Google+ stream simultaneously. Friends on Google+ were confused as to where the negative attention stemmed from, and YouTubers were quick to announce their distaste of his support for the new comments system.
While not necessarily a widespread problem, it’s important to keep the changes in mind when you’re sharing or commenting, as those are now two similar — but still different — things. Your audience on Google+ may not be the same as YouTube, and knowing the difference may just save you a lot of headaches moving forward.