It’s official: Google+ and YouTube have sat down, agreed that their relationship just isn’t working out and have gone their separate ways. Finally!
This week’s news has come as a slight surprise, but a welcome one nonetheless. Whilst I appreciate the features of Google+ and its potential for the future (although I’m still not that convinced), I’ve never really agreed with the fact that YouTubers were forced to sign up to it.
Speaking via the Google blog, Bradley Horowitz, VP of Streams, Photos and Sharing, has said: “In the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change”.
“So.. you mean.. Google did something good to YouTube?”
Of course, maintaining an active Google+ account isn’t without its benefits, as we’ve discussed previously here on Tube Chum. For one, the platform serves as another place to plug your latest YouTube uploads and generate some traffic from new viewers.
Even so, I still think Google+ is fairly rubbish. Not enough people use it to be as effective as Facebook or Twitter for gaining views and the UI is too fiddly. If you fancy proving me wrong, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Above all else, I’m glad YouTubers are no longer being made to create a Google+ account just to manage their YouTube channel. Keen uploaders will know that linking Google’s social network with the video-sharing website can complicate the user experience to the point where you want to pull your hair out.
“Not even people use Google+ for it to be as effective as Facebook or Twitter for gaining views. On top of that, it’s just too fiddly”.
As expected, Reddit’s /r/YouTube community is pretty chuffed with the announcement. I headed over there to take in some of the comments from folk like myself that are pleased with the change.
Reddit user Kerfuffle17 wrote: “So.. you mean.. Google did something good to YouTube? We must celebrate!” whilst Marco_rennmaus added: “Wait? This is a dream. No. I’m all dreaming this”.
Fellow Tube Chum Co-editor Dan Mackrell has shared his thoughts on Google+ and YouTube’s ‘super emosh’ breakup, telling me: “It’s good to see that Google is continuing to take steps towards improving YouTube’s comment section, which has been full of trolls and spam for years”.
Initially, PewDiePie hated Google+ so much he disabled YouTube comments. (Image: Variety)
“Forcing YouTubers to use Google+ was a bad move. It was unnecessary and got rejected by many big stars such as PewDiePie, who actually temporarily disabled comments and used Reddit as an alternative. YouTubers want as much control of their channels as possible, so giving them the ability to monitor and moderate the comments once again is a huge positive”.
What are your thoughts on Google+ steering clear of YouTube? Let us know by tweeting us at @TubeChum.
Thumbnail image: Robert Scoble