Whether you’re enjoying Lindsey Stirling flying through the YTMA‘s or getting TKO’d by Justin Timberlake, the comments section on YouTube is where the conversation is happening. So would you prefer to see comments from people you follow or just the last few random people in the world to leave a shout?
Now YouTube lets you see the comments you care most about first by pulling data about your friends and interests from Google+.
YouTube announced the update on its blog:
We told you recently that better commenting is coming to YouTube. Starting this week, when you’re watching a video on YouTube, you’ll see comments sorted by people you care about first. If you post videos on your channel, you also have more tools to moderate welcome and unwelcome conversations. This way, YouTube comments will become conversations that matter to you.”
The new comments system powered by Google+ lets you quickly see the reactions from the video’s creator, popular profiles, engaging discussions and people in your Google+ Circles. You can also toggle between the “Newest First” or “Top Comments.” Join the conversation publicly or privately by making use of your Circles, and all replies will appear in nested threads like on Gmail.
The new YouTube comments also bring creators powerful moderation tools that help them control the conversation around their videos. Creators can now review comments before they post, filter for certain words and auto-approve certain users.
Learn more about connecting your YouTube channel to Google+ here.