Today Google rolled out the latest of its Google+ integration projects. This time it was YouTube, which at the same time launched a snazzy new design. The redesign is not only visually more colorful and appealing, it also promotes sharing in a big way. YouTube is enabling you to autoshare to four different social networks: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Orkut. But wait… notice anything missing there? That’s right, Google+ is not included in the autosharing.
On the face of it, this makes little sense. Now I can ‘like’ a video on YouTube and it automatically shows up on my Facebook wall and Twitter feed. That’s actually very cool. It saves me having to manually share things, yet I still control the autosharing (as I have to click the ‘like’ button in YouTube). Indeed this is frictionless sharing the way it should be – the user is in control of what gets shared, but it’s made much easier for them. So why on earth isn’t Google+ part of the autosharing?