Nov 11, 2013 114 reads by Navneet Kaushal

It seems the news of Google Plus integration in YouTube comments is not getting older. While unhappy YouTubers are coming up with videos against the change, an online community has come into the picture for filing petition against the same. 

With the latest change, it has become mandatory for users to put comments on YouTube through their Google Plus profiles. Along with this, the new comment notification will now be delivered to the Google Plus inbox instead of the YouTube inbox of the user.

A petition is going around, asking YouTube to take the new changes back. However, it is assumed that the recent change would slightly improve the quality of comments that are being posted on YouTube.

YouTubers are coming up with different ways to show up their disagreement with the new amendment by Google. While some are blogging about the change & asking fellow readers to support them by putting comments, others are coming up with songs to vent.

A Forbes Contributor said: 

“Google Plus has evolved into a useful, functional social network. But let people join it on their own, or else they’ll resent being forcibly thrust into it. If there’s a way to fix internet commenting, this doesn’t appear to be it”.

It seems the recent havoc has been taken too seriously by Jawed Karim too, one of the YouTube's original creators. After eight years, Jawed decided to interfere first time openly criticizing the new change. He asked, ""Why the fuck do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?"

Here’s a screenshot of Jawed’s comment:

Google Plus YouTube Integration Seeks Criticism: Users Filing Petition!

CriTiKaL, a popular YouTuber called the new system "soggy dog sh*t" and created a video. Here's the link:

Trolling is no exception to YouTube. It refers to an activity when a user leaves a comment with the intention to anger others. This is usually done by using an account that has no identification information.

There has been a dramatic change in the type of YouTube comments, after both the services were merged. The petition has been underway as not everyone wants to leave YouTube comments using their Google Plus identity & 20,000 signatures have been pointed out till date.

The petition was created by John Doe, whose account was suspended later. He stated:

“Google is forcing us to make [Google Plus] accounts and invading our social life to comment on a YouTube video and trying to take away our anonymous profile. … New information has been brought to me by one of the supporters of this petition that their account was [suspended] by Google for telling people about this [petition]. Just another reason to sign this [petition]. If you want to spread this [petition] around YouTube, make sure to do it on a [separate] account because others have told me people have been suspended for [sharing] this [petition] with others.”

If you too are unhappy with the changes, click here to sign the petition.

Here's one more petition by Maximilian Kuci who said, "Google+: Stop Shoving Google+ down our throats on YouTube!"

YouTube comments have the image of being some of the worst on the Internet. By making it mandatory for users to use their Google Plus profile, thus real name, YouTube comments section might see some improvement.

While this is an effort by Google to make YouTube cleaner, users are also being forced to sign up for Google Plus, they wouldn't have done otherwise.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
Navneet Kaushal
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  • While there is YouTube user backlash and resistance to the change in YouTube commenting, this should not be a surprise as Google+ is a platform for Google and providing data they used to get from Facebook and Twitter and now through Google+. Of course Google is going to do what they can to grow use of Google+.

    Google+ is not now nor was ever intended to be a purely a social networking system. Since I am an Internet marketer who has been active on Google+ since its inception, I see the change as welcome, while at the same time, understanding, recognizing and respecting the user's negative resentment of forcing them to adopt Google+, in this case, to comment on YouTube videos.

    For online marketers, this change is a great way to build your circles/following while engaging on YouTube and no, I don't work for Google.

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    • I_warned_ya

      I hope you and Google will be very happy together. Personally, I will avoid any business I perceive as endorsing Google's fascist behavior.
      Google and its ridiculous rating system blocks legitimate comments and feeds only what it wants people to hear.

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  • fayted17

    As a youtube user, my biggest beef with the new comments section is that long time google+ users are now the only ones with power to be heard on the site, and even youtube power users and creators, who have been fighting the forced integration and just recently signed up when strong-armed into doing so, never make "top comments" even if their comments have received hundreds of thumbs ups.

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  • I_warned_ya

    A "functional social network" that is successful does not have to be forced onto users, they adopt it. Because Google cannot stand to be second best at anything, they thought having g+ rape the YouTube subscriber base would artificially boost g+ numbers up- which it did, but at the expense of Google's credibility and integrity.

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