You may be unaware that we have a community outside of Facebook that is run on Google Plus. Our Crochet Crowd Google Plus Community currently has 1,230 members. Fans share ideas, photos and basically much of what can be done on Facebook can be done within this community.
Google last week did a change to the comments section of all YouTube Channels. Any comments made within our channel over the past many years, the REPLY section underneath the comment is gone. New videos created and uploaded after this change over will have the REPLY section under them.
For many YouTube hosts, including us, this prevents us with any videos created and uploaded before the change over to specifically comment to you by replying back to you only. Yes… inconvenient, but with any change we should always expect a road bump before better opportunities lay ahead.
Google has intertwined Google Plus now with YouTube. For example, if you are in our community page and you see one of my videos posted, if you write a comment on the Google Plus Community where this video appears, the comments appear on our YouTube Videos inside YouTube. This helps maintain the data better and keeps everything in one place instead of having different properties under Google to be maintained separately. In fact, it’s going to save all of us time.
Why The Change
As a major channel on YouTube, we receive some pretty nasty email messages which include hate oriented content, threats and frankly some comments that are so inappropriate and/or non relevant to the video itself. Part of the change over to use Google Plus as a form of commenting within videos is to remove anonymity of users to make people more accountable for the comments they spread. YES… some people are going to go around the system and potentially create fake names, we see it all the time on Facebook and is something that will always exist.
While many people are outraged by this change over and some people prefer their identity remain a secret. Reality is this… and this is my opinion… you can be tracked regardless of the name you use. This is the internet after all. What you say online can greatly affect your own personal life at home, in ways you may never imagine.
Comments Are Being Resorted by Loyalty
The comments are now being sorted by relevance and subscribers. Example. We have over 1100 people on our YouTube that makes comments or likes a video more often than the rest. The more you comment or like the videos, the higher up the rank you go. YouTube has identified those users as being loyal fans and automatically pushes these people to the top of the list now in the comments section. Simply means these people are fans and are most likely to share relevant information or content.
You will see TOP COMMENTS at the top of the comments list but now there is a new box where you can click NEWEST FIRST if you wish to see the latest comments. The top comments are based on YouTube’s sorting algorithm.
I’m on the fence about this change myself. Sometimes a comment is made that is useful but the fan may not be a loyal fan or even a follower. However, their information or comment may be for the greater good. Cathy and I will need to keep an eye out for these emails as we are notified every time a comment is made about a video. We quickly review it and determine if a response is required. We don’t respond to everything posted in the comments. Sometimes a question is asked that is non relevant or a user may need to do some digging on their own.
Dealing With Change
So for now, sit back and see what the changes will bring. According to some informal research I have done on this topic. Some people are being way over dramatic. I think for the majority of us use the internet responsibly, I don’t think there’s much to worry about.
I am sure that with most changes that are done by Google, it is calculated and for the greater good of the service. I will admit, YouTube has really cracked down on the spam within YouTube. Years ago it was nothing but garbage comments with schemes of advertising and porn. Today, it’s is much cleaner than it ever was.
So for myself, I’m not getting on the fence and going to squawk about it. Truth for us is that we receive more comments than we can physically handle with our team. This may help us control our network even better.
What do you think? Should Google have changed the system? Leave me a comment to share your point of view.