How Google Plus Screws Youtube Comments


I’m a full time Youtube content producer, and I like responding to comments, it’s a way for me to directly interact with my audience. It’s an important thing for a content producer to be able to do. Nay, essential. To say thanks, answer a question, respond to criticism, correct something, etc.

Yet I cannot respond to some comments on my own freaking videos, and that really pisses me off!

Take a look at this, here is an example of a post on one of my own videos:

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Note how there is no Reply button next to the first comment. No one can reply to it, not even the video owner!

Notice how the REPLY button is missing on the comment! It is impossible for the video owner (or anyone else) to reply to that comment.
Why?
Well, the retarded Google+ integration with Youtube of course. To post on Youtube you must have a linked Google+ account. And in the settings menu for Google+ is an option that says “Who can comment on your public posts”.
But because of this new fangled integration, Youtube comments count as Google+ “posts”.
That means if you select “Only You”, which might sound like a good thing from a privacy point of view, then no one, including the video owner can reply to your comment on Youtube!

It seems that many people are simply unaware of how this Google+ setting effects their postings on Youtube.
Here is a DIRECT LINK to the settings page so you can change it to “Anyone”, which is what you need to do so people can reply to your comments onYoutube.

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Your Google+ settings page. You have to set this setting to “Anyone”

So if you are wondering why I don’t respond to your comments on my videos, this could be the reason why. It’s not me, it’s a setting in your Google+ account.

Not allowing a Youtube video owner to respond to comments on their own videos is nothing short of retarded. Google really need to fix this shit, seriously.

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