How to Use Video on Google+
We started out with Google Video, originally just a video search engine. Then, suddenly, it seemed, we all learned that Google had acquired YouTube. This merger of the world’s most powerful search engine with the world’s most popular social video platform opened up new possibilities – both for users and Google alike.
This guide is going to explore how to use video on Google+, demystifying the topic completely and leaving you with a solid, practical overview.
- How to upload videos to Google+
- How to link to YouTube
- Google video chat, know as Google+ Hangouts
And what you need to know about YouTube and Google+ integrations.
Step 1. How to upload videos to Google+
First, however, let’s start with the basics: How to upload and/or share videos with Google+. Your easiest option is to upload them to YouTube; then link to that video. There are times, however, when you might not want to link to YouTube, so let’s take a look at uploading directly into Google+ and sharing with specific people or Circles.
- Log into Google+. Go to your Profile Page.
- In your “Share” box, select the video icon.
(Don’t bother with the Sharing prompts at this point: It’s easier if you wait till the video has uploaded.)
- A drop-down menu will appear. Select “Upload video”.
- Add a caption to your Movie as it’s uploading (which takes a good few minutes – even with a small movie). Just press “enter” when you’ve finished typing in your caption. (This will not affect the upload.)
- Once your video has completed its upload, press “Add Videos”.
- Your movie will appear in your feed. Now add a comment and share it with whichever Google+ Circle or people you want. Optional: check the radio box provided to the left of “Also send email to Friends” to directly notify those you want to share it with.
Alternate Upload Method – If your Profile is newly created or upgraded, you may receive this message instead, when you try to add upload a movie file.
Just press “Upload new videos” (highlighted in green here) and follow the same steps as described from #2 onwards.
Step 2. How to link your videos to YouTube
If you’ve already created your video in Google+, link it to YouTube when you share it:
If you prefer to upload your video to YouTube first, you can do so share it the other way round – with Google+.
YouTube is automatically integrated with Google+.
- Click the YouTube “Upload” button and a window will open to the left. Press the big Up Arrow button, and select your movie file from your PC.
- Type in tags (adding a comma to separate them); choose the best category… and make sure your movie setting is “Public”, for it to be linked with Google+.
The “g+” radio button will be checked by default for AutoShare – meaning any video you post on YouTube will automatically be shared on the social networks checked. You can also check the buttons for Facebook and Twitter too… or deselect them all, if you prefer. Sharing your video link on Google+ will place it in your stream. (If it doesn’t, share the link directly in your Google+ feed.)
Your Public videos will still be viewable on YouTube and from within Google+.
- When your movie has finished uploading, thumbnails from within the movie will appear. Select the one that best represents your movie’s topic, point, and atmosphere.
- Copy your new link and make a note of it
- Make sure your Title is strong, intriguing and unique (containing at least one keyword)
- Include a clear or intriguing description with keywords
- Create tags with your keywords
- Choose the best category
- Choose the best thumbnail
- Make sure you have checked the appropriate sharing box(es)
- Make sure settings say “Saved”
You can also check your YouTube videos from within Google+ by clicking on your Profile button; then clicking on your “YouTube” tab in the overhead horizontal menu.
You should see all your Public and Limited Share YouTube videos, viewing your Profile as yourself.
If you change the view from “Yourself” to “Public” (top right corner of your horizontal menu) your Limited Share videos will not be available – you’re now viewing the YouTube section of your Profile exactly as a member of the general public would see this page.
Using Video in Google+ Hangouts
A Hangout is a multi-participant video chat, with an admin (the person running it) and video screen sharing so that all participants can see each other. Other participants will appear in small screen thumbnails, underneath any participant who is currently speaking.
Hangouts can range from informal chats between a closed group of participants to heavily optimized public Hangout “shows”.
You can choose to broadcast and live stream your Hangout through Hangouts On Air – and Hangouts are automatically recorded and added to the YouTube account associated with the admin.
Hangouts are restricted to invited participants by default if you don’t set them to “Public” sharing.
You can also display and view a YouTube video within a Hangout. To do this:
- Open YouTube.com/live in your browser. You will see a stream of all currently live broadcasts
- In a different window, start your Hangout and invite your participants
- Once your Hangout is underway, go back to YouTube Live and select the video you want to share with your hangout
- Click on the “Share” link underneath the video. Copy the URL.
- Switch back to your Hangout. Open the video tab, enter the URL you copied and search for it.
- Once you locate it, click play.
You can join a Hangout without a webcam, though you may find that limiting. If you don’t have one, check with the Hangout admin to make sure participating is okay. Some admins don’t like a blank screen stuck in the middle of their hangout participants’ screen displays – especially if they are running a publicized, formal “show”.
Likewise, if you discover on joining the hangout that your webcam is not compatible (which seems to happen quite often) you may wish to ask if you should bow out.
Although bugs are still being ironed out of Google+ Hangouts and documentation can be confusing, the business and branding potential is enormous.
Best advice for Google+ Hangouts?
Start out simply with a small, closed group until you’ve got the hang of running one!
What You Need to Know about YouTube and Google+ integrations
Google+ Hangouts are integrated with your Google Calendar, which makes it easy never to miss a Hangout if you add it to your Calendar events – you’ll get a reminder.
If you enabled AutoShare when you posted your first video, know that you can change this at any time by visiting your Channel settings.
You will need to have a linked YouTube and Google+ account, to use AutoShare. You can keep your old YouTube name, but your accounts must by linked via the same Gmail address.
You can also monetize your YouTube account, and there is strong speculation that this will increase your Google+ SEO. Monetizing your YouTube account will also allow you to upload videos over fifteen minutes in length. And once you have done this, you’ll be able to brand your Channel. This is a formal process rather than simply “good branding techniques”: You’ll need to send your YouTube username to your Google Account Team and request to have your account converted to a brand channel in order to access all your Channel branding advantages.
You can add a Google+ annotation to your videos at any time by using the Google+ button as a graphic “Hot Spot” connected to your Profile URL, to encourage people directly to visit your Google+ profile.
There is so much more to all the possibilities of using video with Google+: And if certain features are glitchy, currently in flux (or even simply not there any more) – relax! Google+ is changing, ironing these out – and everyone else is experiencing the same things you are. Take a deep breath, create a Hangout, jump in.
After all, you want to be the one who has mastered all the opportunities – while others are only just beginning to discover them!