If you see this and go “I don’t want to read this! It’s longer than 140 characters!” then here, I’ll just give you the punchline: Google+, stop trying so hard.
For those of you who are willing to read something longer than a tweet here ya go. Over the last year Google has taken advantage of the fact that they now own YouTube, and tried to link their failed social media site Google+ to the wildly successful video hub. I mean it makes sense, they bought it, it’s successful, why not use that to your advantage! At first it was annoying, very annoying actually, made things difficult for people who had accounts pre-Google-buyout. Made it so you couldn’t just have a youtube account, you had to also get a gmail and Google+ account as well, couldn’t just sign up using your pre-existing-non-gmail address. Annoying. So that was the beginning, since people love Youtube, they looked past the annoyance factor and just got themselves a gmail if they didn’t have one already. (they also did this with flickr, also annoying) But as time has gone on they are trying harder and harder to cover up their failure. They keep integrating Google+ with Youtube more and more, as if that’s what people want. Hint: we don’t want it. Today I went to YouTube, watched a video, and then wanted to see if I had any messages, and realized that the navigation on youtube has totally changed. I’ve been trying to navigate to my inbox for about 15 minutes now, it asked me to sign into my Google+ account, so I did, twice, because apparently once isn’t enough. It then forced me to add a new profile photo, which I already had attached to my youtube account, and I believe my Google+ account, but apparently in the transition they trashed it…lovely. It asked me to add friends, yay, 4 people I know have Google+, how exciting……It then asks me to follow something or other…I JUST WANT TO READ MY DANG MESSAGES! So now I can’t seem to find any of the activity on my videos outside of a comment someone made yesterday. Op, just went to try to find more activity again and it’s asking me to sign in again. Isn’t this fun?
Basically what I’m trying to say, Google+, stop trying to ride on Youtube’s coattails. Google+ is a failed venture. You keep trying SO HARD to make it successful. You’re trying to use one of the internet’s most successful web pages to make your sucky page successful. But that isn’t how it works. You’re not improving YouTube, you’re not making Google+ more desirable, you’re dragging down YouTube and making people hate Google+ even more than they already did. I don’t understand why you thought that people would want Google+ integrated with YouTube anyway! I haven’t heard anyone say “Man, I wish I could have Google+ linked to YouTube!”, let alone “I wish I had Google+” It would be one thing if Google+ made sense, if it was intuitive. But you tried to market all new lingo. I’m not sure if you thought that adding new lingo was going to make it seem cool or what, it just made everything harder to understand. It doesn’t seem like anything has gotten better either, I still find it just as hard, if not harder to navigate than when Google+ first came out!
Part of my frustration also comes from the lack of flexibility that Google+ had in the beginning. My first YouTube account I got way back before Google+ even existed. I mainly used it to make comments and add videos to “favorites”. And high-school-me thought I came up with some clever name (it wasn’t) But when I started making content and people started asking me what my username was to show their friends, or just to simply find me I realized that I needed to change my name. At the time you couldn’t change your username on youtube. So I saw no other option than creating a whole new YouTube channel with a whole new name. At this point Google+ was connected, so I had to create a google+ account. I already was forced to make a Google+ account when Google bought out Flickr. But I didn’t want the two linked! My flickr represents my professional work as a photographer, I don’t want that linked to the sometimes-very-weird-humor on my YouTube Channel! So that was when I created my third Google+ account. The first, my original YouTube account which was forced into being a Google+ account, (but I didn’t want to keep the hard to read username) then the one I created in order to keep my Flickr active, and the one I had to make with my new YouTube channel. So I’m constantly signing in and out of the accounts, which sure is fun (sarcasm). (also, when I created my new YouTube Channel it said it would set up monetization aka adsense. It’s been about a year and still nothing, it won’t let me log in/see my monetization stats either. So that is also great)
You tried. You failed. Give up. Move on. Stop dragging YouTube down with you.
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