In a bid to enhance sharing on its upcoming social network, Google has integrated its video-sharing site YouTube and its Chrome browser more deeply into Google+.
Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president for engineering, said YouTube and Chrome are now more accessible from the Google+ network.
“It’s no secret that YouTube is filled with tons of great content (from inspiring speeches to music videos to honey badgers). We wanted to bring YouTube directly into Google+—as well as make it easier to watch and share your favorites – so we’re launching a YouTube ‘slider’ in the stream,” Gundotra said in a blog post.
A user can mouse over the new YouTube icon at the top right of Google+, and a message will slide out asking “What would you like to play?”
Based on the user’s input, YouTube will start playing a list of related videos in a new pop-up window.
Even if one moves the pop-up elsewhere, they can still navigate their playlist from the slider.
“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! Last but not least, we’re starting to include YouTube playlists in Google+ search results,” Gundotra said.
On the other hand, Gundotra said Google is also rolling out two new Chrome extensions for Google+ – the +1 button and notifications.
“Of course, if you don’t use Chrome, then you can use Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. The new version – also rolling out today – includes these same sharing and notification features, Gundotra said.
He added Google has “lots more” planned for Google+, after YouTube and Chrome.
A separate article on tech site Mashable said this was the latest in a series of enhancements to Google+.
Only last summer, it said Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts.