If you like to keep your social persona consistent with the same user names a profile pictures across the board, YouTube and Google have just made things a whole lot easier for you. Yesterday they added a new YouTube feature that allows users to sign up for a new YouTube channel using their existing Google+ profile.
What does this mean? Produce manager Trevor O’Brien explains on the YouTube blog, “You can now use your Google+ profile name and photo on a new YouTube channel, giving you one consistent identity across platforms when uploading videos, sharing, commenting and other public activities.”
According to the blog post, if you have a Google+ profile and you sign up to create a new YouTube channel you’ll see the following screen. You can click ‘OK, I’m ready to continue’ and the new account will be ready to go.
Note that if you want to create a YouTube channel that is not tied to your Google+ profile and you are getting this screen you can click the ‘Create a username’ link to create a YouTube channel as usual.
Unfortunately, it looks like if you already have a YouTube channel that uses the same email address as the one tied to your Google+ account you won’t be able to connect your channel to Google+ at this time. However, O’Brien writes, “If you already have a YouTube channel and want to connect it to your Google+ profile—stay tuned. We’ll be following feedback on this update and hope to add more features that bring the best of Google+ into YouTube.”
What Google+ features would you like to see incorporated into YouTube?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.