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:
- Subscriber counts will temporarily drop like a brick
- Comment posting will temporarily drop like a brick
- 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 bitching 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.
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