YouTube Finally Adds Google+ Share Button? What The Heck?

YouTube Finally Adds Google+ Share Button? What The Heck?

It's taken awhile for Google-owned YouTube and Google-owned Google+ to get the two married properly.  A few months ago, Google+ didn't even have YouTube integration and all of us wondered why two properties owned by the same company wasn't on the ball with that.  Then finally, they did integrate the two, where you could share all sorts of videos and playlists.  But despite that, on YouTube itself, you couldn't just click a button like you could with Facebook and Twitter.  And now today, YouTube announced the Google+ Share button.

The Google+ Share Button: What Took These Guys So Long?

When I read this, it seemed such a simplistic thing.  How in the world did they not get to this sooner?  Here it is, in all its glory:

YouTube Finally Adds Google+ Share Button? What The Heck?

This was either an oversight, since you could share videos using Google+ and no one really noticed that there wasn't a click-of-the-button kind of deal, or there was some other problem that only those in Google know about.

It also looks like they have replaced the +1 thing, where you could "Google Like" something without sharing the video.  I'm supposing they got backlash on the idea that +1's were going to take over on the site.  Pressing "Like" on a YouTube video gives you the chance to share it with the three big social networks.

Right now it appears there's a huge emphasis on sharing, on keeping the "Likes" specific to YouTube and not confusing the matter with +1's.  But this of course upsets some people like any change.  A few people in the comments on YouTube's Google+ page thought it would be better to be able to convert likes into +1's for those who have Google+.  No doubt Google isn't done with any of this, they tinker mercilessly, so this isn't the last word we'll be seeing on this.

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  • http://www.videoleadsonline.com/ videoleadsonline

    They have had the ability to 'Share' via the G+ button for a while now... it was and still is 'hidden' via a click on the Share or Thumbs up icon. The real change here is the fact that they took away the +1 button. That used to be found via a 'thumbs up' click.
     
    Now when you Thumbs Up the video, you can follow it up with a Share (instead of a +1). Some of us G+ hard core folks think that a Thumbs up should = a +1 (behind the scenes) that way you don't have to deal with adding the +1 instead of the Thumbs up (and then what would you do with the thumbs down... make it into a -1 ?

    • http://www.kyleclouse.com/ Kyle Clouse

       @videoleadsonline I agree...if you can like and unlike a video you should be able to +1 and -1 a video.

      • http://www.videoleadsonline.com/ videoleadsonline

         @Kyle Clouse true.. but I doubt it would ever happen... introducing a -1 into the mix would certainly be abused by many! So I just don't see it on the horizon.
         
        The main issue here is how to show a +1 AND the thumbs Up & thumbs Down... which is why perhaps  behind the scenes a Thumbs Up could also trigger a +1 (since they mean the same thing) and YouTube has been fine for a while with the Up/Down options.
         
        Others have suggested that if you are a G+ user then your login would know that and offer you the +1 instead of the Thumbs up, but IMO that just would not 'look as nice/elegant' next to the thumbs down.

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    They have had the ability to 'Share' via the G+ button for a while now... it was and still is 'hidden' via a click on the Share or Thumbs up icon. The real change here is the fact that they took away the +1 button. That used to be found via a 'thumbs up' click.
     
    Now when you Thumbs Up the video, you can follow it up with a Share (instead of a +1). Some of us G+ hard core folks think that a Thumbs up should = a +1 (behind the scenes) that way you don't have to deal with adding the +1 instead of the Thumbs up (and then what would you do with the thumbs down... make it into a -1 ?

    • http://www.kyleclouse.com/ Kyle Clouse

       @videoleadsonline I agree...if you can like and unlike a video you should be able to +1 and -1 a video.

      • http://www.videoleadsonline.com/ videoleadsonline

         @Kyle Clouse true.. but I doubt it would ever happen... introducing a -1 into the mix would certainly be abused by many! So I just don't see it on the horizon.
         
        The main issue here is how to show a +1 AND the thumbs Up & thumbs Down... which is why perhaps  behind the scenes a Thumbs Up could also trigger a +1 (since they mean the same thing) and YouTube has been fine for a while with the Up/Down options.
         
        Others have suggested that if you are a G+ user then your login would know that and offer you the +1 instead of the Thumbs up, but IMO that just would not 'look as nice/elegant' next to the thumbs down.