After a great deal of consistent criticism from users, Google has announced this week that they will no longer require YouTube account holders to use their social media network Google+.
Instead of tying their social media accounts to other Google services, a simple, private Google account is all that users will need to be a part of YouTube and other Google services.
What does this mean for those of you who are using Google+ alongside YouTube? Here’s a few factors to keep in mind:
- The Roll-Out Will Be Staggered
Google+ will be incrementally removed from YouTube. As of last week, comments will no longer show up on Google+ profiles, but other features of YouTube, such as channel creation, and commenting on and uploading videos, will still be tied to Google+ for at least a few more weeks.
- More Independence on YouTube.
Once Google+ has been completely separated from YouTube, the underlying requisite Google account will not be searchable or followable – letting those who enjoy YouTube do so without it affecting their public Google+ profiles, which is great news for many of us.
- This is Not the End for Google+.
Those who use and enjoy Google+ need not worry, the social media service is not going away for good. User can still enjoy Google+, but the service simply won’t be integrated with YouTube for much longer to better suit users that have no interest in Google’s social media.
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