YOUTUBE PEOPLE, PLEASE READ!!
Ok, as almost all of you have noticed by now there have been some MAJOR changes around YouTube and Google + over the last 24 hours or so. First thing you may have noticed is that you can’t respond to comments. Here’s the skinny on that. Any comments that were left BEFORE this change went into effect are basically dead, you can NOT reply to them, even if the comment was left 1 minute before the change set in. The old comments system isn’t compatible with whatever they are implementing. You CAN reply to any comments that were left AFTER the change took effect, so basically anything that was left within the last 24 hours or so. This does not mean that your old videos are dead in the water….only their current comments are. If anyone leaves a new comment from here on out you will be able to reply to it. Now, whether they are going to integrate the old comments into the new is a mystery. They haven’t insinuated one way or the other. So, if you have comments that were posted the night before last that you hadn’t gotten around to, too late.
Now, I do have a little workaround for you if you’d like to reply to an old comment. You won’t be able to reply directly from that comment, but, in the comment window put a + sign in front of the name of whoever you want to reply to and they will get the message. For example, if I was wanting to reply to Kurt Bell I would write his name as +KurtBell, and it would get sent to him. Obviously this will only work if that person is on Google + too. This could be hit or miss.
Another feature that they have integrated is being able to control certain aspects of comments. They’re talking it up like it’s some super new feature but I don’t really see any options that weren’t there before. With that said, with comments from the old system the only option you have if you want to censor them is to delete them. Go to the far right side of the comment and you’ll see a little arrow in the top corner of that comment. Click on that and your options will drop down. The new system has “remove, report abuse, mute, and ban from channel”. Again, nothing really new from the old system so I don’t get what Google is peeing in their pants for. Anyway, the old comments will only have a “remove” option.
One other thing, people can now comment on your videos from G+, they don’t have to be on the YT page. Obviously this means you can reply from G+ if you’re there.
So far that is about all I have for you. If you have any questions feel free to drop them on me and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Guys, this is not the end of the world, it’s a minor inconvenience until we get used to the new system, and from what I’m seeing it’s not really all that bad. The one thing that *is* irking me is that we will no longer get notices in our YouTube inbox when a comment is left. From here on out you will have to have it set to either get them sent in an email message OR there is a little bell in the top right corner of your YT page that will have a number on it if there are any comments. I think that shows stuff from Google+ too so yeah, it’s going to be a bit of a pain. I’m sure they’ll eventually get something else worked up though. The cool thing though is that in the email message you get notifying of a new comment, there will be a reply button under the comment. You can click on that and it will take you where you need to go to respond. I’m really not too thrilled about getting notifications via email though. I get enough mail everyday without having to sift through comments in my inbox. I’m gonna hold judgement until I get this all figured out though and can get it to working to my liking.
Anyway, all for now!!