YouTube comments recently received a big upgrade, and there are quite a few changes, and definitely some that may alter brand management. YouTube is now much more connected to Google+, and that has implications, and hopefully opportunities!
While there has been a top comments section on YouTube, the comments listed aren’t always the most relevant to the video. But now comments on YouTube are personalized to you! Comments that are moved to the top are those by the video creator, YouTube “celebrities,” engaging discussions, and people in your Google+ circles. This helps to bring the most relevant comments to the top, and push the others down.
I also discovered that when you post a video to Google+, it automatically adds it as a comment on YouTube. Talk about an easy way to increase your chances for more engagement! I can definitely see how this would help conversations grow. I’m excited to see if it works!
YouTube has caught up with the times on this front. Comments can now have auto-block for certain words, there are new tools for reviewing comments before they’re posted, and you can pick certain people to have comments auto-posted. Many more options available, to hopefully make moderating a bit easier! The auto-block feature is probably the one I’ll be implementing first, it’s a no brainer to me.
The catch: you must have a Google+ profile or page attached to your YouTube account. You can make this change in the settings of your YouTube account. If you want to connect a Google+ page, you’ll need to make your YouTube account a manager of the Google+ Page. If both are under the same account, you should be good to just connect them. This is where I ran into issues, as Texas Tech’s Google+ and YouTube weren’t under the same account. I found a glitch while trying to connect the two accounts, and my awesome Google+ Education Team rep assisted with the merging.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the accounts to be merged, or do you want Google+ to stay out of your YouTube?