According to Trivett, "Starting this week, YouTube's comments section will be powered by Google+. This way, the original video poster's comments, or comments that others found interesting, will float to the top, in a similar fashion to the upvoting feature on Reddit.com. You can also comment in ways that will only be seen by your friends or certain circles, rather than the entire Internet.
"Judging by similar efforts at other outlets, using your real name (or at least a pseudonym that you bothered to make a Google+ account for) in comments dramatically improves civil discourse. For Google, it might even get people to start actually using Google+ rather than Facebook. Google+ user growth is already outpacing Twitter, but getting people to actually spend a lot of time on it and make it valuable for advertisers is another thing. This change could turn Google+ into a stronger contender against rivals."
On Wednesday, September 25, Josh Constine of TechCrunch offered some comments on what he sees as the pros and cons of the new connection between YouTube and Google+.
According to Constine, "For users, this change will likely be wonderful. First, it should banish some of the trolls spewing racism, sexism and homophobia. The anonymity of a one-off YouTube account created a safe haven for filth. People will still be able to create a pseudonymous G+ account and comment from that, but having to switch back and forth between that and their real accounts could be enough to silence some of the slurs. A more compassionate Internet, ahoy!
"Relying on G+ will also give YouTube signals for ranking and sorting conversations in comments. Up top above random strangers, it can show comments from people you know, who are famous, that you’ve whitelisted, or who replied to one of your G+ posts."
A recent post on the official YouTube blog by Product Manager Nundu Janakiram described some of the benefits of linking YouTube to Google+. In addition to the benefits already mentioned by Trivett and Constine, there are new moderation tools that should make it easier to deal with offensive content.
According to Janakiram, "... You 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."
Many people in the greater Spokane area already have Google+ accounts if they use Gmail or several of Google's other services. The tighter connection between YouTube and Google+ may encourage people to actually start using their Google+ pages and start exploring all the fun that can be had with circles, Hangout chats and other Google+ features.