All YouTube's starting today can change how they appear on YouTube, with the option to use Google+ profile on their YouTube channel launched today -- will give you more options for how your videos are seen and discovered on YouTube.
For many YouTube users with existing Google+ profiles, you'll start seeing this option the next time you upload or comment on YouTube. This will first be available in the US, with plans to make this available internationally soon.
For partners, you won't see this just yet. Currently, this "option is only available for YouTube account holders with Google+ profiles, which represent individuals, and not for Google+ pages, which represent brands, businesses, and organizations," Google explained.
What you gets with this integration: First off, if your current YouTube user name is for e.g. joeysam87, you can now appear as Joey Samson, the full name from your Google+ profile (with an actual space in the middle!), along with any photo you uploaded, explained John Fisher, Software Engineer.
Next, you can now review "past activity" -- By clicking "Review my content," you can see every video, comment or playlist you've ever posted, and decide whether you want it associated with your full name before making the change.
If for some reason, you dont' want your full name appear, or you just want to stuck with your YouTube username --to do so, just click "I don't want to use my full name" when you see the prompt (see the screenshot below).
Google says, they will offer more ways to use this username in other Google products and services in coming months.
For more information, check out this help center.
For many partners, Google+ pages are a better fit than profiles, because
- Google+ pages can have the name of a show or organization
- They can be administered by up to 50 people, and a single person can administer up to 50 Google+ pages
"Once we've the bits ready, you'll be able to connect a Google+ page to your YouTube channel. If you prefer to use the personal Google+ profile that you already set up on your channel, we'll soon allow that for partners as well," wrote David Boyle, YouTube staff.
Just be aware of the extra functionality pages have (above) that is not available for profiles.
After partners are enabled to use a Google+ page on their channel, Google says they plan to develop more innovative engagement features, like Hangouts on Air, that take advantage of the strengths of both YouTube and Google+.