Google acquired the world’s largest online video streaming site YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. But for some odd reason it has taken five long years for the popular online video platform to allow visitors to sign-in using just their Google accounts. Hit the jump for more.
Hitherto, only Google accounts linked with an existing YouTube account were allowed to be used for logging in. But on Friday, YouTube announced the lifting of that restriction: “If you are logged in to your existing Google Account, you can now choose to personalize your YouTube experience, where YouTube will suggest videos and channels based on what you’ve watched and liked in the past. You can also “like” videos, purchase or rent a latest release from YouTube.com/Movies, add videos to your own “Watch Later” queue, share videos across various platforms, connect YouTube with one of your social networks, as well as access and manage your watch history (so you don’t forget that amazing video you recently watched).”
Now that you know what all you can do with a Google account on YouTube, here’s what you still require a separate YouTube ID for: uploading videos (includes video responses), sharing them, rating and posting comments, and building playlists.