Even those who dwell in the darkest of caves will still have heard of the day YouTube was merged with Google+, or, in other words, the day Google shoved it’s social networking site down our throats. It was the day the Internet exploded with rage, anger, and frustration. Campaigns and petitions immediately popped up in all corners of the interwebs, but till this day Google has not responded to the voices of these netizens.
Those of you who have YouTube accounts have been asked to get a Google+ account for a very long time now. This thoroughly annoyed me personally, because, at that time, I was pretty sure the number of people who used Google+ was pretty much similar to the total number of people who, for whatever reason, still use MySpace.
However, the inevitable eventually happened. I had just returned from Cambodia and wanted to comment on a video and BAM, “Create a Google+ profile to comment”. I refreshed the page, hoping it would disappear, but it just would not leave. I finally gave in and created an account and re-uploaded my profile picture (because the people at Google are too lazy to transfer it from my old YouTube Account), but there were still some problems. I actually had to edit my picture because Google deemed it “too dark” and so kindly edited it for me to make it brighter, and then I had to spend more time trying to get back to the way I wanted it in the first place, without those magical Google Enhancements.
Of course, Google is a very powerful business and it knows it can get away with doing anything short of murder with few consequences and naturally, everyone hates change, especially if it involves doing something they will never need, want or use. But eventually we will adapt to the new ways, even if we still dislike the changes.
Not very long ago, YouTube went through a major redesign of its entire site with new video layouts, menus and navigation. Everything was brand new, from the buttons that used to be there to the buttons that never existed, effectively turning YouTube into a fully fledge Google product. It was clear at the time that the changes to YouTube would not end with the outer coat of looks and design but would, in time, extend to every cog in the system. After the redesign, creating new accounts on on YouTube, a service that was once been of independent entity from Google, became very Google in nature. From the demand for you to use your real names to linking your YouTube accounts with your Google accounts, it seems as though Google wants to be part of everything in my life, from my emails, now my videos, and probably, in the future, my identity