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google plus is what people wanted on youtube whether they realize it or not

YouTube has the distinct honor of having the absolute worst community on the internet. Think of the worst troll-friendly place on the internet, amplify how bad you think that place is by double, then triple that, and that's somewhat near how bad the YouTube community is.

For years, people have been saying that "something needs to be done about YouTube trolls". Well, Google finally did do something and now requires a Google Plus account to post a comment. And on the content creator's end, there is now much better comment moderation ability along with a few other goodies.

Previously, I had my YouTube channel "connected" to my G+ profile, then "disconnected" it. I decided to "reconnect" it again since Google is going to make it mandatory soon enough for anyone with a YouTube channel. Being my real name is plastered all over this blog where I feature my YouTube videos anyway, it doesn't bother me.

While true there will still be YouTube users who outright lie and put nothing but false personal information on their G+ profiles so they can keep trolling, it doesn't matter because since they're now forced under the G+ umbrella, content creators and users now have greater ability to flag them into oblivion, combined with the existing G+ social moderation system that will automatically flag out what it thinks are "bad" comments.

In other words, YouTube trolls are basically screwed. As of this week it's game over for them.

Do I care? No, because as a rule I don't read YouTube comments. Sometimes I slip and read a few, but the vast majority of the time I don't. Not on my videos nor videos posted by others.

Here's what will happen in the short term because of the G+ requirement:

  1. Subscriber counts will temporarily drop like a brick
  2. Comment posting will temporarily drop like a brick
  3. Many content creators will abandon YouTube

Concerning point 1 and 2, note that I said temporarily. A bunch of people will close their accounts and each account closure counts as an unsub. And because of that, comment posting will slow. But ultimately it's no big whoop, because it's probably true for every account closure there are 100 if not 1,000 new accounts made by other new users. In other words, any loss of subs and comments will eventually bounce back.

Concerning point 3, yes, a bunch of content creators will abandon the site. Once again, no big whoop, because they probably posted crappy videos anyway that never got any views. Whatever. See ya!

Google waited far too long to do this

For the longest time there has been a need for Google to "flush the toilet" concerning the old YouTube system. And I think that finally, after all this time, they've done it. Well, almost.

There were only two parts left to the old YouTube system, that being comments and address book. With the G+ stuff, all of that will now be in G+ instead of within YouTube itself.

The only thing keeping the old YouTube system alive at this point are content creators who have not migrated over to G+ yet. Google has decided to be nice and say (literally) "we'll ask you again later" if you refuse to switch your channel over to G+. Eventually, Google will stop asking and just do it.

If it were up to me, I'd just force over all those old YouTube accounts to G+ now. More than enough lead time has been given (we're talking months here), and all those users know and have known they're going to have to switch anyway, so why wait? Just do it.

Am I saying G+ is better than the old YouTube system?

No, I never said that. However, Google is intent on staying the course with the G+ system and has said this since day one of its introduction.

Whether I agree with what Google is doing with YouTube doesn't matter, because like it or not, this is what everyone wanted. People have been complaining for years that Google needs to do something to "fix YouTube" to take care of the troll problem. G+ does fix that problem.

You got your wish. Deal with it.

squier standard gets returned

Squier Bullet Strat

Some bad news. The Standard had to be returned as the neck did not bow back properly and continued to have some significant fret buzz. That, and the neck just felt thick in the wrong kind of way for my hands. Can't really explain it any better than that.

Above is a photo of my current main guitar that I keep going back to over and over again, the Bullet Strat. I think the bolt plate on the rear is the only part of the guitar I haven't taken a photo of.

After returning the Standard, I decided to do a major cleaning on the Bullet, which involved taking off the pick guard. I confirmed that the body color has in fact darkened a few shades, which just goes to show that polyurethane coated bodies do change color over time.

While at Guitar Center I tried out a few guitars, but before I get into that, a few words about the Bullet.

I find it absolutely incredible that the second-to-lowest cost Squier (the only guitar lower in price in the lineup is the Mini) proves time and time again to be best playing, most-trouble-free, best-character guitar they have. I've gone through several Squiers since buying my Bullet in 2010 and they simply don't stack up to how great the Bullet is. The non-gloss neck feels right, the frets feel right, it all just feels right. And while the Bullet pickups are admittedly a bit on the weak side, it does have character. Add on a booster pedal and you've got yourself one seriously amazing sound.

That being said, I tried out a few other guitars when I went to return the Standard to Guitar Center.

I tried a maple-board (yes, they actually had one) Affinity Strat in a sunburst finish. This particular one wasn't good. Pickup tone was bland and lifeless, the neck had an odd feel to it that I really can't describe other than "doesn't feel right", and there were some seriously weird tuning issues with it no matter how much I stretched the strings (which I must have done at least 10 times just noodling around with it). Fit and finish were fine, no sharp fret edges or anything like that. But like I said, just a "blah" guitar.

A few weeks back when I played a Squier Affinity Telecaster on the other hand, that guitar was just fine front to back, and sounded good too. Can't explain why that is, but it is.

Another guitar I tried was a black-on-black Squier Bullet Telecaster HS, as in humbucker in the bridge and single-coil in the neck. Played fine and felt good, but that humbucker was so dead sounding. With pickup replacements, it would have been great. Also, I'll give credit that the switchgear and knobs were perfect on it.

Finally, I tried a Squier Cabronita Telecaster. Yep, the brand new model. Black with maple board. Pickup tone is really, really good. Sparkly, spanky, and even with the lack of a tone control, it's just a damned good-sounding guitar. However there's only one rather huge problem with it. It has a gloss neck coating which made it feel like total plastic. Were it not for that gloss coating, the guitar would be perfect. Yes, I mean that. If I knew how to refinish a neck, I probably would have bought the guitar and done a satin urethane coating on it. But being I don't know how to do such things, I gave it a miss.

Anyway, the Standard didn't work. But I did learn that alnico magnet pickups are f--king awesome. I won't be replacing the pickups in my Bullet because I like the character of the guitar too much to mess with it.

However, if I get another Bullet Strat (which I might), I may specifically mod that into a "Super Squier" of sorts. Not really a hard thing to do if you know what parts and upgrades to get - which I do. 🙂

Here's the lone video I recorded of me playing the Standard.

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