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2014 Year in Review: YouTube and Google+ closer than ever

In 2014 YouTube and Google+ integration really took off. On November 6, 2013 YouTube switched to the new Google+-based commenting system. Over the past year YouTube and Google+ became even more tightly entwined. YouTube and Google+ introduced a number of new features, while we said goodbye to others (RIP YouTube Inbox).

There was a change at the top for both products. At YouTube +Susan Wojcicki - formerly Google SVP for advertising - took over from +Salar Kamangar, while over on Google+ +Vic Gundotra was replaced by former Google+ VP of Engineering +Dave Besbris. I think it's still too early to say whether that represents a significant shift in direction, but their interviews at +Re/code give a sense of direction things are heading:
New YouTube Boss Susan Wojcicki Talks Talent, Music and M&ANew Google+ Head David Besbris: We're Here for the Long Haul
What was new for Google+ and YouTube in 2014? As YouTube and Google+ become more integrated, many new features are only avail…