In a Google+ status update, YouTube Product Manager Brian Glick revealed that you can now watch videos on YouTube in real-time with your friends via Google+ Hangout.

It works like this: Hit the “Share” button under any video on YouTube, then click the “Watch with your friends: Start a Google+ Hangout” link that appears at the bottom right of your YouTube toolbar and it will automatically link up with your Google+ profile. From here, you can select who you’d like to invite to your Hangout and proceed with the viewing alongside your gathered audience.

Screen Shot 2011 08 18 at 23.52.49 With one click on YouTube you can now watch videos with your friends on Google+

In a previous incarnation of this same feature, those of us using Google+ Hangouts will have noticed that sharing a video directly into a Hangout was once the only way to view YouTube videos with our Circles.

It appears that Google is now clearly making an effort to merge Google+ across their core products. With YouTube being a huge success in terms of traffic and usage, being able to view videos in real-time with friends directly through the YouTube platform seems like an excellent way to loop new adopters into the Google+ project.