More confirmed signs on how Google has realised that Google Plus, hasn’t come out the way it wanted it to. While the search giant earlier separated Photos from its beleaguered social network, and removed its link from top-right corner of its apps, its now YouTube, which would no longer require services of Google Plus.
Announcing death bells for Google Plus via a blog post, the company said that “a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google”. Youtube would be the first product to experience this change.
In a few months from now, you won’t need a Google+ account to share YouTube videos, comment or do anything else on the site. Users who have linked their Google+ accounts to YouTube will also be able to remove their Google+ profiles from the service in the near future.
And like those good old, merry-making days, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles.
Google says, that its actually user feedback which led to this decision. And we thought Google was just not listening !
People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we’ve also heard that it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use.
However, don’t mistake it for Google Plus’ death. Because it is here to stay, and as Bradley Horowitz, VP of Google’s Streams, Photos, and Sharing puts it, “Google+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them.” Moreover, the recently added Collections feature was already an indication that Google Plus is here to stay.
So, Google Plus may not be dead, but yet. And even though Horowitz continues to mention how the company continues to improve its social networking experiment-gone wrong, today’s news is more than an indication, that the amount of resources and time Google would be putting into Google plus are gonna be a lot lesser.