We all know the YouTube comment system is full of the most unrelated crap from various anonymous users who have nothing constructive to say about the videos which is bundled amongst fairly positive and relevant comments from people who perhaps watch videos from that user fairly often and want to add something constructive to the conversation. We all also know that there’s no order to the current commenting system meaning that the latest comment gets displayed at the top with one or two “top rated” comments being displayed first.
YouTube plan to change all of this nonsense by introducing Google+ discussions as a replacement for the current commenting system. This new commenting system will allow content creators to moderate conversations for those who actually have something constructive to say.
“Starting this week, you’ll see the new YouTube comments powered by Google+ on your channel discussion tab.” reads the announcement. “This update will come to comments on all videos later this year, as we bring you more ways to connect with familiar faces on YouTube.”
This move is similar to an earlier move Google made with the Play Store commenting system which allowed developers to receive more positive comments due to the mandatory Google+ sign in.
With this new Google+ commenting system you’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can decide who see’s your comment, whether it’s seen by everyone on YouTube and Google+, or only people in your Circles or just your bestie it’s up to you!
Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations and now you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans. These can help you spend less time moderating, and more time sharing videos and connecting with your fans.
Ultimately YouTube is going to become a more positive place where content creators can have real conversations with their viewers and avoid those who just want to cause trouble.