We need new alternatives and they’ll serve us well, won’t they?

Websites like Google Plus, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, and many others are the “big” sites that “everybody” uses. Perhaps we need more alternatives to the mainstream. Let’s take a look at how alternatives can make everything better:

With more options people will have the freedom to make more choices. As it stands, people are (nearly) forced to use YouTube if they ever want their videos online to get much attention. If you want microblogging you are stuck pretty much with Twitter and Tumblr. While some alternatives exist, they are not stacking up to these greedy monopolies (talking about Google here, yes), despite the simplicity in designing and programming such a site, and the wide-array of innovative new features that could be added to go beyond, for example, YouTube (a new form of video responses/video replies comes as one example to mind, as well as a renovated inbox/messaging system to share videos/text with others). We need someone to break the shackles and dare to stand against the monopolies and try and give better features for users, and create better communities and experiences.


Google has destroyed & killed YouTube!

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?