Google announced today that it will soon launch the option to link your YouTube channel with a Google+ page. You will be able to use your channel name as your Google identity.
Google has been beta testing the option with some channels, but it will become available to all creators in the coming weeks.
For months, Google has been giving YouTube users the ability to use their Google+ profiles on their YouTube channels, using their real names rather than old YouTube account names.
“While using a full name from a Google+ profile might work well for a creator who wants to build their brand as an individual, this simply doesn’t work if you don’t want a full name on your channel,” says Google’s David Boyle. “If you run a channel with a name like BlueXephos or VlogBrothers, you should create a Google+ page (as opposed to a profile) with that name.”
Google says it will continue to develop new engagement features (like Hangouts on Air) that take advantage of the best of both YouTube and Google+.