One of the earliest complaints I had with Google Plus early on in its still-infant life as a social network was a lack of YouTube integration out of the box. Since Google owns YouTube, and video is clearly such an important part of online content sharing, it just seemed like a glaring oversight that the two properties weren't more smoothly integrated. That all changes today as Google Plus adds YouTube integration.

Google Plus Adds YouTube Integration

Google has announced a new Google Plus YouTube slider to help users find, watch, and share YouTube videos more naturally in their Stream.

From the Google Blog:

Here's how it works:

  • Mouse over the new YouTube icon at the top right of Google+
  • It'll slide out and ask, "What would you like to play"?
  • Enter whatever you're in the mood for (like a topic or a musical artist)

We'll start playing a list of related videos in a new pop-up window, and if you move the pop-up elsewhere, you can still navigate your playlist from the slider.

The Google Plus YouTube Slider is just below your name on the top right of your profile page. Here's a series of screenshots Google shared to show off how easy it is to find and watch a video right within Google Plus (click the image to expand it to full size):

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You can also now easily share YouTube videos on your Google Plus Stream, with some handy search options for YouTube when you select the video icon in the share box.

Oh, and YouTube Playlists can now easily be shared as well. Here's a screenshot Google shared (again, click to enlarge):

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 You Got YouTube In My Google Plus! youtube stream 606x311

This is a pretty big development for video creators and video marketers, and instantly makes Google Plus a more viable community for those individuals to join, use, and tap into for their video marketing purposes.

  • Nick Hope

    Well, it looks like you can't actually share a playlist in that form. What you've shown above is a screengrab from an "Alicia Keys" search on Google+, not a playlist that has actually been shared.

  • Nick Hope

    I can't figure out how to share a YouTube playlist like that Alicia Keys one. All I get is a link and thumbnail? Anyone managed to do it?

  • Jeff Martin

    Well it's a baby step. So now we have a YouTube play widget in Google+. The embellishment of playlists is nice. What I really want for Christmas is to have all subscribers and friends (with G+ accounts) added to the Google+ account tied to YouTube so I can have direct communications. We have a relationship on YT so shy can't we have one here?

  • Marysia Kurowski

    I find it very tiring reading posts about what's in my Google+, then going off looking for it/them, then finding that I don't have it at all. I suspect it's only in Google+ belonging to US Google+ users.

  • Video Leads Online

    Warning! When you use the G+ new YouTube icon in the upper right, it takes you to a "playlist" that matches your "search". Then if you Share the video that you were watching, the resulting G+ posting adds a "YouTube Playlist" that you don't control. Could be good or you could be pushing videos you did not intend to.

  • Mark Robertson

    Now if the'd just let you automatically include your own YouTube videos under "videos" in your profile, they'd be there. I still for the life of me cant figure out why they haven't yet done that.

    • Video Leads Online

      I totally agree Mark. Having direct access to your YouTube videos via your G+ account would be a natural expectation. I wonder when they eventually add it, if you can have Multiple YouTube accounts accessible by your single G+ account. Could get messy since many of us have more than one YouTube account.

  • Tony Alexander

    I like the integration... Makes me wonder if Google has plans to use the "sidebar" for other features?

    • Tony Alexander

      Jeremy Scott I could see many Google products working there - places, docs, offers... man, it could be wild!

    • Jeremy Scott

      Yeah, I was wondering the same thing.