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I created a private playlist in YouTube. Then I would have shared it with my friend via share button using Google+. I got this alert:

This playlist is private. It can be shared, but others will not be able to view it until it is made public.

But if I make it public, then everybody who is following me would see it.

So now my friend cannot see my playlist even though I shared it with him. I thought that a person could see private things if given the link, just like in Picasaweb.

What did I do wrong?

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What you're talking about is not private, but unlisted. Like Unlisted youtube videos can be shared with link. But sadly Youtube playlists can't be unlisted. So no way to achieve this. You can upload a video and make it unlisted and then share only the video. But not do the same with playlist. –  Bibhas Mar 15 '13 at 17:34
    
So what is is the meaning of sharing a private playlist? to share nothing? –  laplasz Mar 15 '13 at 22:55
    
The whole point of the word "Private" is that you want it for yourself only. If you want to share, why would you make it private? –  Bibhas Mar 16 '13 at 4:03
    
I just wanted to share with somebody, not everybody following me. Since If I make it public, then everybody will get a notification about the new playlist. and further if I add some new item... so can share my playlist like a private video? private videos can be shared by friends... –  laplasz Mar 16 '13 at 10:58
    
No. Youtube doesn't allow that. And also, private videos can be shared with maximum of 25 people(or maybe 50, they changed I think). Unlisted videos can be shared without limit and they don't show up in search result or public feed. Sadly nothing similar is available for playlists. –  Bibhas Mar 16 '13 at 14:55
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