Google Removes Forced Google+ Integration For YouTube

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Google Removes Forced Google+ Integration For YouTube

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Your Google+ profile will no longer be your YouTube identity.

So it looks like that Google+ rumor we heard last year had some weight to it after all. Today the company has announced that it is removing forced Google+ integration with YouTube, and all of its other products. "We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google... other than using Google+ itself," said Google's vice president of streams, photos, and sharing Bradley Horowitz.

If you're wondering what all the hubbub is about, a couple years ago Google forced all YouTube users (both creators and commentors) to create and integrate Google+ accounts in order to continue using the service. The reaction was mostly negative, due to the fact that A.) very few people use the Google+ social networking features and B.) Google+ accounts are searchable on Google, whereas anonymous YouTube accounts are not.

The change essentially means you'll soon be able to use your standard Google account to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel, and so on.

"We've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use," continued Hororwitz, confirming that the change won't just be affecting YouTube, but all other Google products including Gmail and Google Drive.

If Google forced you to create an unwanted Google+ account just to use YouTube, the good news is that Horowitz also promised to "offer better options for managing and removing" Google+ accounts, meaning you'll soon be able to wave goodbye to your account for good.

Do not, however, rush out and delete your Google+ account right now, as the company has warned that deleting it at the present time will also delete your YouTube channel... so just be patient for a little while.

Source: Google

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Finally. Only took them like what, five freaking years to realise how bad of an idea that was?

Well I can now comment on YouTube once more.

Problem is, I don't bother reading them at all now. Google forced this behaviour, now it's a habit. I choose to keep.

5 FUCKING YEARS GOOGLE

THAT'S ADEQUATE SPEED FOR A FUCKING GLACIER

Finally I'll be able to excise that cancerous growth of an app that is Google+ from my phone.

Just one question though; will the Youtube app on my phone be useful in tracking comments?

Because one of the things I like about the integration was that I was able to check replies to comments on Youtube on the Google+ App. Personally, I never got what people were getting their knickers in a twist about, no one forced anyone to actually use Google+, just keep to your Youtube'in and everything was fine.

bluegate:
Just one question though; will the Youtube app on my phone be useful in tracking comments?

Because one of the things I like about the integration was that I was able to check replies to comments on Youtube on the Google+ App. Personally, I never got what people where getting their knickers in a twist about, no one forced anyone to actually use Google+, just keep to your Youtube'in and everything was fine.

Because without Google+, you were limited to watching and uploading. Anything else? Nope, sorry, must use Google+ even if you don't want to and even if Google+ is completely useless for that...

Bindal:

bluegate:
Just one question though; will the Youtube app on my phone be useful in tracking comments?

Because one of the things I like about the integration was that I was able to check replies to comments on Youtube on the Google+ App. Personally, I never got what people where getting their knickers in a twist about, no one forced anyone to actually use Google+, just keep to your Youtube'in and everything was fine.

Because without Google+, you were limited to watching and uploading. Anything else? Nope, sorry, must use Google+ even if you don't want to and even if Google+ is completely useless for that...

Still don't see the problem, just create a dummy Google+ account as you had created a Youtube account before that? Don't want to use Google+ timeline, posts or sharing stuff? Simple, ignore it and simply keep to your Youtube'ing.

Thank you Google.

YES. THIS IS GOOD.

Finally I can make my YouTube channel a free-floating entity owned by multiple people.

I didn't see the big deal about G+, I didn't see the harm. I don't see the problem or celebration in its "removal."

lacktheknack:
YES. THIS IS GOOD.

Finally I can make my YouTube channel a free-floating entity owned by multiple people.

...you couldn't do that before?

bluegate:

Bindal:

bluegate:
Just one question though; will the Youtube app on my phone be useful in tracking comments?

Because one of the things I like about the integration was that I was able to check replies to comments on Youtube on the Google+ App. Personally, I never got what people where getting their knickers in a twist about, no one forced anyone to actually use Google+, just keep to your Youtube'in and everything was fine.

Because without Google+, you were limited to watching and uploading. Anything else? Nope, sorry, must use Google+ even if you don't want to and even if Google+ is completely useless for that...

Still don't see the problem, just create a dummy Google+ account as you had created a Youtube account before that? Don't want to use Google+ timeline, posts or sharing stuff? Simple, ignore it and simply keep to your Youtube'ing.

Well, I don't even want to do that because it's still a waste of time that otherwise prevents me from something I could do previously without that bullshit.

I would say "About dang time", but I'll hold off on the full celebration until they actually bother to do it and it's not just them saying they're going to do it.

Hah. It took 5 years of ducking and dodging but you never got me, and now the witch is dead!

Well on death row. And thaaaaank monkeys.

Holy crap! I can post again on YT. Took them long enough.

Oh thank Christ. Time to remove all that stuff from my accounts.

Bindal:
Finally. Only took them like what, five freaking years to realise how bad of an idea that was?

Has it really been five years?

I wonder how much data all those extraneous accounts created and how much it has cost Google to store all that useless unusable data. I created an account to keep arguing on Youtube, false details and all, and have never touched it since, so much valuable data for advertising you guys!

Dont care either way. Am already used to Google +. 2-3-4 Social Networks I can manage. More ... I cant.

And it is fairly good.

So... Yeah? I'm not sure how high my indifference can be at this point...

Other than that, the whole Google+ schtick can still could be an optional thing, right? I mean, I'm sure there's some people that would like that in some way, shape, or form right?

Oh right! G+, that social network you were forced to join by Google and then promptly forgot about.

*insert desert joke*

Zachary Amaranth:
I didn't see the big deal about G+, I didn't see the harm. I don't see the problem or celebration in its "removal."

lacktheknack:
YES. THIS IS GOOD.

Finally I can make my YouTube channel a free-floating entity owned by multiple people.

...you couldn't do that before?

Kind of showed a big shift in philosophy from Google. While this things were optional, they won't from promoting keeping your personal identity safe to 'hey everyone you should use your real name!'. Google was a company that started with a "do no evil" motto but this was the point where they really gave in to shareholders/advertisers to start doing Facebook style profiling & tracking to create targeted adds.

If mandatory integration of a Facebook wannabe wasn't bad enough on its own, the way they went about it was a complete clusterfuck. Back when this first happened, it walked me through some process to convert my account, offered the ability to create a custom name for my YouTube profile, stuff that actually made me appreciate the change, and then the next thing I know I somehow have three YouTube accounts: one with my real name, one with my avatar and the new name I had entered... and the original one that still had all my videos in it and now didn't even have an avatar or the ability to add one. I've never heard of it happening to anyone else, so maybe there was a fix for it, but I never did find out what it was. Somehow I doubt whatever they do next is going to fix it.

RandV80:

Kind of showed a big shift in philosophy from Google. While this things were optional, they won't from promoting keeping your personal identity safe to 'hey everyone you should use your real name!'. Google was a company that started with a "do no evil" motto but this was the point where they really gave in to shareholders/advertisers to start doing Facebook style profiling & tracking to create targeted adds.

Still really not seeing a problem here. If I were to list the ways in which this has impacted me, I would make the first entry "[to be added]"

I still remember every time I clicked "no" to that naggy integration message, my active YouTube session would get spammed with reminders like 10 times over on the top-bar. I'd link the video of someone showing what Google+'s advertised functions were VS reality, but I can't seem to find it.

Fuck Google+, you will not be missed. You deprived piece of absolute cancer.

Maybe once this shit disappears and GoogleTube reverts to YouTube, I can repost my videos again.

Zachary Amaranth:
I didn't see the big deal about G+, I didn't see the harm. I don't see the problem or celebration in its "removal."

lacktheknack:
YES. THIS IS GOOD.

Finally I can make my YouTube channel a free-floating entity owned by multiple people.

...you couldn't do that before?

Not if I already had connected it to my personal Google Plus account.

I do like seeing reply alerts in the corner, but that's a feature youtube accounts could have too, i absolutely hated when Google was constantly asking me to use my real name on my account and youtube channel but after they stopped pestering me to give away personal information it wasn't too bad, but that still soured my opinion of the service.

I was, for a while, accessing GMail and Youtube through different browsers just so I could be certain of maintaining a separate identity between the two. I don't post anything particularly inflammatory on Youtube, with regard to either videos or comments, but some of the people who post on Youtube are, well... Not the kind of people you want to be a few Google searches away from finding your address.

It's been 5 years already?
I never bowed to the pressure, I never gave in. And now, victory is mine.

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I have a Facebook account that I never use, but Google+ always seemed like a much better option. I wish more people would pick it up.

Starik20X6:
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I have a Facebook account that I never use, but Google+ always seemed like a much better option. I wish more people would pick it up.

And here I was thinking I was the only one.

Finally it died.
I hope google got the message that forcing it onto people doesn't work.

huh I never thought google would go back on a decision they made for youtube. with how they have seemed to turn a blind eye to the outcry of all of their other youtube changes this sort of behavior from them is quite odd. could this possibly mean there is a small ray of hope for youtube changing back the comments section? ...oh please god.

Fina-fuckin'-ly! To quote the Prophet of Truth... There are those who said this day would never come. What are they to say now?

Uhuru N'Uru:
Well I can now comment on YouTube once more.

Sizzle Montyjing:
It's been 5 years already?
I never bowed to the pressure, I never gave in. And now, victory is mine.

Same here.

Problem is, I don't bother reading them at all now. Google forced this behaviour, now it's a habit. I choose to keep.

I, on the other hand, plan to start using my reclaimed privilege once more...if I can figure out some way to turn the comments back to the "time-sorted" organization, rather than the "comment+most upvoted response."

Now my question is, will Google+ integration still be an option for people like having all the Google+ integration that makes Google+ so much superior to Facebook?

Edit: I still use Facebook more than G+, I hate social networking, but there are lots of very close friends and family I can only contact through Facebook reliably.

lacktheknack:

Not if I already had connected it to my personal Google Plus account.

Ah. Yes, well, that would make a difference.

Fortunately, I created my "crew channel" long after I created a G+ account for my personal YouTube account. So it has its own social page. As you do.

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