Starting today, Google+ users can create a new YouTube channel with their existing Google+ profile name and photo. This will create a seamless identity across the two platforms.
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Users can already share videos they watch on YouTube with their Google+ friends and within Google+ Hangouts. Users can also see which video their Google+ friends are viewing directly from YouTube.
The new Google+-linked YouTube channel feature is only available to users who do not already have a YouTube channel. If, like most long-time YouTube users, you already have your own channel, YouTube says to "stay tuned." We hope that means that you'll eventually be able to link or associate your existing channel and Google+ account.
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It would also be nice if videos "liked" or commented on in YouTube could surface in the Google+ notifications area.
The continued pairing of Google+ and YouTube is unsurprising. No matter how Google tries to spin reports of low Google+ usage, the service is still struggling to break out. Meanwhile, YouTube is the most social site and community that Google has. It makes sense to try to integrate the two experiences as much as possible.
One suggestion: Consider allowing existing users on YouTube and Google+ to create secondary YouTube channels. It would be even better if these channels could exist within current Google+ circles -- so videos that I share, add to playlists or upload would also get shared with people inside a specific Google+ circle.
How would you like to see Google merge YouTube and Google+? Let us know in the comments.
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