Today I can finally tell you something about one of the big things that we've been working on. This is something I'm tremendously excited about -- we're rethinking commenting on YouTube to be about building communities among both viewers and creators. The blog post tells you some of the basics of what's going to happen, and we'll give more details at our creator event tonight.
A tremendous amount of thought has gone into this, and into the things which make YouTube great and the things which make Google+ great. Today, we can start to show you the combination of these things, and how they can really work to make each other better.
We're rolling this out on the discussion tab of YouTube, so you can experiment with it some and see how it's going to work, as of right now. It will be opt-out for YouTube channels who have merged during this public beta period, during which time we really want to get your feedback and comments, and will come to all of YouTube later this year.
Also, if you've been wondering why we've been asking you to merge your YouTube and Google+ accounts, this is it: it's because when the systems truly work together, you need to have an identity which works on both. Remember that when you merge, you can keep your identity: either a single identity for both YT and G+, or two separate identities, as you prefer.
Many, many thanks to the team, who has been fantastic. :)Edited to add:
You can read more here; these articles give lots more details of exactly what we're launching.http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/24/4766758/youtube-introduces-radical-redesign-of-comments-tied-to-googlehttp://allthingsd.com/20130924/youtube-says-it-will-start-cleaning-up-its-comments-and-making-them-more-personal/http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/24/youtube-announces-a-new-google-powered-commenting-system/http://gizmodo.com/youtube-comments-will-soon-be-less-racist-homophobic-1377565582