The day Google forced YouTube users to create and use a Google+ account is a day that will live in infamy. YouTubers were up in arms at the move made by Google and felt they defiled YouTube and they made their voices heard. Part of Google’s reasoning for attaching Google+ to YouTube was to crack down on the amount of junk YouTube comments made on a daily basis. A lot of those comments weren’t very nice and with Google+’s rule of using real names, Google thought they could police comments much better this way. Then Google changed its policy on real names, mostly because the policy didn’t work all that well and YouTube comments continued to be pretty horrible.
Now Google is detaching Google+ plus one’s from YouTube comments and going back to the thumbs up and thumbs down comment ranking system. Google is claiming they have been testing a new system that has brought down the number of junk comments by 36%. But beyond that is the continued question, what is going to happen to Google+? Further on in the video they announce that they are introducing a YouTube creator community which will mean YouTube creators will no longer need to be on Google+ to network. Check out the full video below.
Curious about what we’ve been up to? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve squeezed ten things we’re working on for creators into this little list video.
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2. Subscriber notifications – https://goo.gl/cfKOT0
3. New types of cards – https://goo.gl/BVNN3m
4. Subscriptions – http://goo.gl/JTZmrO
5. Better mobile insights – https://goo.gl/I5jhFu
6. Video management on the go – https://goo.gl/H40NC5
7. 360° videos – http://goo.gl/e1DUsz
8. Better live streams – https://goo.gl/9ca2pz
9. New creator community
10. Updated Creator Academy – http://goo.gl/Pc4H7N
While Google and YouTube are changing the comment rating system to thumbs up/down, it doesn’t necessarily mean Google+ comment integration is dead. In our tests, a thumbs up on a comment still translates into a +1 for the comment on the associated Google+ post. A thumbs down won’t take a Google+ comment into negative numbers for +1’s, it’s likely that this will simply be used as a metric for weeding out inappropriate comments.
There’s a lot of changes coming to YouTube and one of them looks to be a detachment from Google+. What do you think of this YouTube move? What do you think Google+’s future is? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.