Forced Youtube & Google Plus Integration
Youtube is one of the largest video-sharing websites. It is a platform for users to upload original content and to comment on each other’s work. At the end of 2013, Google rolled out several Youtube changes, but the most controversial change is the forced Youtube and Google Plus commenting integration.
Now, in order to comment on a Youtube video, users have to comment through their Google Plus accounts or otherwise create an account. Content creators are upset because this impedes user feedback by creating an obstacle for fans/followers to “like” and “leave a comment” on their videos. The integration has also changed the calculation of “top comments” on videos. Instead of being a comment that other Youtube users “liked” the top comments come from the Youtube account holder’s circle. Users are upset because the Google Plus real name policy obliterates their anonymity and precludes them from selecting their own handles.
Some argue that the forced integration is just a ploy by Google to increase the amount of Google Plus users. Google argues that the change is part of an effort to clean up the Youtube comments through forcing people to use their real names.
Regardless of the reason motivating the forced integration, both Youtube users and content creators are annoyed and they are not shy about expressing their outrage.
See the video by KRISisSKETCH comparing Google Plus to the annoying friend that you just cant get to leave you alone: