Youtube announced today a new commenting platform “powered” by Google+, with video comments soon to be sorted by relevancy versus how recently a comment was posted.
According to the announcement, comments from the video’s creator, popular personalities, and Google+ connections will appear at the top of a comment list, along with discussions about the video.
YouTube says users will begin seeing Google+ comments in their channel discussion tabs as early as this week, with updates to the comment platform rolling out later this year.
Other updates to YouTube comments include the ability to begin a conversation publicly or privately with specific Google+ connections or circles. YouTube video creators will also be able to moderate comments, with tools to block certain words within a comment or auto-approve comments from specific fans.
YouTube offered an example of what comments will look like with the integration of Google+: