Thanks to the new social integration (AKA death and destruction) of Google Plus & YouTube, it seems apparent that Google seeks to ruin the YouTube experience yet again for its massive user base. This time, however, may be the last straw for some. Google now expects all YouTube users to integrate to Google Plus, a choice not so optional to those who just seek to have a YouTube account itself.
It seems Google is crying out for social media integration, hoping to integrate both sites’ data, and, according to some, collect more information from people. It is virtually required to provide a phone number to create a simple Google account, and Google Plus requires that you use a real name, or however you can get away with giving a fake one. Before 2025 you may be required to give DNA, photo ID, and other identity tracking information so they can contact the feds to chase after you in a heart beat, or get the cops to get a subpoena on you for copyright infringement faster. Or maybe Google just wants to be your friend, who knows, right? What we do know is that a lot of YouTube users absolutely hate the new comment system that Google has brought upon on the site, ending the simple write and go, CAPTCHA check, and confirm style that once existed. Now you are automatically marked to share any posts by default to your Google Plus profile feed, unless explicity unmarked. You also can’t simply reply to comments anymore, as now you must reference users with the + sign, or go through some other similar hassle to get the same things done as before.
According to what I could find about this from Will Burns,
The entire point of Google+ is less about a Social Media network and more about building an authentic cross-service identity. So if you’re gaming the system, or using fake names, then you might end up at the bottom of the comment threads by default because your identity carries no weight or relevance (so it’s beneficial to build a public reputation).
So it is evident that Google wants authentic cross-service identity. In other words they want your real name, real credentials, and want to terminate your anonymity. Whoo to that, right? Nobody gets their share of anonymity on the internet anymore is the road this seems to be going down.
Is it time to say “big brother” yet?