How do I Connect YouTube and Google Plus?
Naysays aside, I'm a big fan of Google Plus and find it's a great tech audience, perfect for my job. Part of what I do is produce and upload videos to YouTube too, and I'd really like to be able to hook the two together so videos I upload on YouTube automatically also show up on Google Plus. Possible? How?
This is one of those "well, there's good news and bad news" scenarios, I'm sorry to report. At this point there doesn't seem to be any way to have YouTube videos show up in Google Plus without some human intervention on your part. You can, however, connect the two accounts and that makes it as easy as two or three mouse-clicks to share your latest video in the G+ world, but completely automated? It isn't an option right now (and I'm glad: the less automated feed content there is, the more Google Plus will remain valuable and less polluted than Facebook has become)
The solution also assumes you have a YouTube account, which shouldn't be too much of a stretch if you're already uploading videos to the site. If not, sign up for a YouTube account before we get started.
Log in to your YouTube account then go to the YouTube home page. You'll see a navbar along the top that looks like this:
Click on the downward triangles adjacent to your account name and some options appear:
Click on "Settings" and the page changes, offering you a ton of different things you can tweak and modify to have the best possible experience on YouTube. On the left are the major categories:
Click on "Sharing". Not a surprise, that's what we're trying to tweak!
You can see that YouTube knows about a lot of social networks, even some that you might consider moribund or otherwise uninteresting (e.g., MySpace) :-)
Look more closely at the Google+ entry, though. See where it says "Connect"? That's what you want to click on. If you're already logged in to your Google Plus account then a login window appears and then immediately disappears, leaving you on the same page with just a small change:
You can see it along the bottom: "Great, you're now connected to Google+".
To see how it works, though, let's upload a video and share it on Google Plus.
Upload a Video to YouTube
To have this tutorial be maximally useful, let's go ahead and upload a new video to the AskDaveTaylor channel on YouTube. This is easily accomplished by clicking on "Upload" along the top of any YouTube page, which produces this:
Drag and drop your video (mine is an ".m4v" video produced by Apple iMovie) and it'll immediately start uploading, while also giving you the chance to specify a title, description, etc:
Super important to spend the time to add a good description and, most importantly, some good keywords to help people find the video, as you can see I've done here:
Once it's done click "Save" to save the changes you've made to the description, etc, and you'll be shown the resultant short URL from YouTube that you can use to share the video on various social networking services, email, etc:
Click on the link and you'll see the new video in all it's "0 views" glory:
Now that it's up and on YouTube as desired, the next step is to figure out how to share it on Google Plus...
Sharing a YouTube Video on Google Plus
The easiest way to share the video is to click on the "Share" button below the video player, which produces a bunch of handy links you can click on:
Notice the "Start a Google+ Hangout". That's pretty slick, but not what we want. Sharing with Google Plus, in fact, is rather hidden. To get to it, click on the "+1" button and a small additional window shows up:
Is it weird to "+1" your own video? I hope not because there doesn't seem to be any way to get to the "Share on Google+" without doing that. It's okay if we're all doing it, right? :-)
Click on the words "Share on Google+" and the window drops down even further:
Ah, now that looks like a Google Plus sort of thing. Cool. Type in an annotation or comment where it says "Add a comment..." and ensure it's available to the circle or circles of people you desire, then click "Share".
The result, on Google+, looks like this:
Terrific! And once you've done it once, quite quick to accomplish.
It turns out that there's a second way you can share a YouTube video on Google+ too that's worth mentioning: Take that shortened URL and simply paste it into a status update. G+ will automatically see it and bring the video with its description into the update window. Try both, see which one is easier for you.
Oh, and that amazing video I uploaded? Click here to see it: Dave's Amazing Test Video.
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