Over the last month or so (possibly longer), YouTube users who go to sign-in to their accounts have been seeing a green bar at the top of the page asking them to link their YouTube and Google accounts together. Considering Google purchased YouTube back in October, 2006, it’s almost surprising that they haven’t really pushed the linking of accounts until recently.

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So now you ask yourself, what are the benefits of linking your accounts together? Google says one benefit is that in the future, some of their services will be integrated with YouTube and visa versa. CNET points out likely candidates like Blogger, Google News, and even Google Talk. Once you link accounts, you can also load the contacts from your Google Account (the same as your Gmail account) and add those contacts as friends on YouTube (this is something you’ve been able to do for quite some time).

If you don’t get the green bar at the top of the YouTube page but you would still like to link your accounts, here’s what to do.

  1. Click on the link to “Sign in with your Google Account” in the right sidebar of the YouTube page
  2. Enter your Google Account login credentials (remember that this is the same as Gmail)
  3. You’ll be taken to a page specifically for linking your YouTube and Google accounts together which looks like this:
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  4. Enter your YouTube account login credentials and then click “Link Accounts”
  5. Check to make sure your accounts are linked by clicking “My Account” at the top right of the page and look for “Account Settings.” If you were successful at linking your accounts, you’ll see the option to “Unlink YouTube and Google Accounts

Are you willing to link your account when a judge has ruled that Google has to handover all YouTube user data? Linking your accounts could potentially give Viacom yet more of your data.

Source: CNET News.com