Google is making it easier to share a social moment with friends, even when they’re afar.

Today Google quietly added a new feature to its Google+ social network. By clicking on the “share” button that appears under most YouTube videos, Google+ users will be able to invite their social network friends to join them in the viewing experience.

Users first heard about the feature when Brian Click, product manager for Google’s YouTube operation, mentioned it as his Google+ status update. He wrote,  “You can now start a Google+ Hangout with a YouTube video, directly from YouTube. Watch with your friends. Just click on ‘Share’ underneath any video, and then click on ‘Start a Google+ Hangout’ in the bottom right-hand corner.”


Although Google+ already had a way for friends to watch videos together online, this new system simplifies the process by reducing it to a couple of clicks.

Related Links: (The Next Web) (Brian Glick’s Google+ update)

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