First of all: Yep, you’re gonna have to integrate your YouTube channel with a Google+ page. Otherwise, you won’t be able to comment. Yep, you can stop making that Mean Girls joke “Stop trying to make Google+ happen, it’s just not gonna happen.” They made it happen.
Here’s where you can get started.
When you comment on a video, a check box will automatically pop up giving the option to “Share to Google+” Yep, that box will already be filled in. ￼
But what happens if I don’t share to Google+?
Well, don’t expect to get any replies on your comment. That’s right. You can only have a conversation with others on YouTube if you’ve made a contribution to Google+. And yes, that also means You can’t reply to comments that haven’t been shared on Google+. (EDIT: YouTube fixed this glitch officially. yesssss)
That also mean YEP. You most likely cannot respond to those comments from videos you made a while back and had been meaning to reply to. This is the only option you’ll get. ￼(EDIT: Hopefully this will be fixed later.)
So there’s really no point to be defiant and uncheck that “also share on Google+” box like you really want to.
EDIT: There’s also a possibility that you can just SHARE your video on G+ and your comments be reply-able without having to be on G+ themselves. But I’m still testing that out. I’ll let you know.
You can, however, tag users as a way of responding to them. Though, it will not be specific to a particular comment.
So how are these comments shown on Google+ newsfeeds?
Well, if you share a video while commenting, it will show up on your G+ newsfeed.
If you’re replying directly to someone else’s comment, It will NOT show up on YOUR newsfeed, it will show up on THEIRS.
HOWEVER, if you respond or tag someone using +username or the @ symbol, that will also show up on YOUR NEWSFEED.
Okay, so now that’s covered. What else can I talk about?
WELL, we now have nested comments (if you’re using Google+)
And now you can EDIT COMMENTS!!!!
Also, you can disable replies…which might feed the trolls and not squelcher them.
Also you can link videos in comments, which was their way of saying “Pssssh, guys, we still have video responses” However, you don’t know that they’re links to videos until you run your cursor over them.
You also have this thing in every comment section of every video. It will be useful if you’re trying to find friends in the comments sections of heavily populated videos or if you’re trying to see all of the uploader’s comments. But otherwise, I’m just gonna click “newest first” like I do on Reddit and Facebook.
Did you also catch that you can now comment privately without receiving attention from the general public yet? I’m not sure how that’s gonna affect hater comments, but we shall see.
Things I do not know YET:
-How this affects multiple channels and those with multiple channels under a single email.
(I’m assuming you’d need to make a G+ page and email for each channel.)
-Actually, that’s all I’m not sure of yet. If you have any questions, send me asks, and if I can’t answer them, I make a list here. If I’ve also said anything confusing, let me know and I’ll clear it up.
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