Google continued to integrate Google+ into its other products today, adding the social network to YouTube and the Chrome browser.
Users can already add YouTube videos to their posts, but Google is adding a dedicated YouTube button on the top right-hand corner of Google+ that will provide easy access to videos.
When you mouse over the YouTube icon, it’ll ask, “What would you like to play?” Type a search query into the box and Google will start playing a list of related videos in a pop-up window (click below for larger image). If you move that pop-up window, Google said, you can still access your YouTube playlist from the YouTube “slider” button.
“Sharing YouTube videos with your circles also works (of course), but there’s a nice little twist: the people you share with can open a related playlist directly from your post,” Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of engineering at Google, said in a blog post.
YouTube playlists will also be included in Google+ search results.
On the browser front, Google will roll out two new Google+ Chrome extensions. The first adds a +1 button to the browser, to the right of the address bar; “+1 any webpage and share it with your circles,” Google said. The other extension (above) adds the Google+ notification button so you can check updates while you browse the Web.
The same sharing and notification features were added to the latest version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, rolling out today.
In other Chrome news, Google released a new beta version of the browser today that syncs all bookmarks and other personalized settings across all devices. Those with shared computers can sign in to their specific accounts.
Gundotra said there is “lots more planned for Google+,” some of which is already rolling out. Recently, Google added Google+ to Google Apps and Google Reader. The search giant is also rumored to be prepping a music service that will have ties to Google+. During a recent earnings call, Google confirmed that Google+ now has more than 40 million users.
Last month, Google said it would kill its troubled Buzz social feature in order to focus on Google+. For more, see PCMag’s full review of Google+ and the slideshow below, as well as our reviews of the Google+ app for iPhone and Android, and hands on with the Google+ App for iPad.
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