YouTube turns comments into “conversations that matter”

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YouTube has finally upgraded its comments section to make room for more intellectual debates and allow channel owners to delete comments containing certain words.

In describing the present state of its comments, YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram said, “There’s a lot of room for improvement.” With the update, “comments will soon become conversations that matter to you,” he added.

The Google-owned video service features a “top comments” section for those with the most votes. Most of the time, however, these comments are irrelevant to the video. Beginning this week, users will see reverse chronological comments on channel pages entirely fall away. This will eventually be rolled out to video pages by the end of 2013.

With this, users will witness a new set of comments rising to the top: those made by the creator of the video, famous personalities, “engaged discussions” and persons you know and interact with both on Google+ and YouTube.

The upgrade will also allow users to automatically post YouTube comments, including video, to Google+ by simply checking a box.

The integration of Google+ also enables users to post a comment that will only be viewed on a particular social circle. For those not keen on circles, they can set their comments to be visible only to users they select.

Meanwhile, the upgrade also enables channel owners to blacklist certain words that they do not want to see posted in the comments section of their videos. Comments with those words will be automatically deleted.


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