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[AT] Google To End Forced G+ Integration

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http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/04/report-google-to-end-forced-g-integration-drastically-cut-division-resources/
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In short, Google seems to be backing away from the original Google+ strategy. The report states that Google+ will no longer be considered a product that competes with Facebook and Twitter, and that Google's mission to force Google+ into every product will end. With this downgrade in importance comes a downgrade in resources. TechCrunch claims that 1000-1200 employees—many of which formed the core of Google+—will be moved to other divisions. Google Hangouts will supposedly be moved to Android, and the Google+ photos team is "likely" to follow.

Does this make you a sad panda? drunken.gif
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Does this mean I can go back to using YouTube regularly without getting pestered that it's not tied to a Google account?

EDIT: My picture disappeared so I removed it, must have overwhelmed whatever host it was on. But it was Monty Python "And there was much rejoicing".
Edited by mott555 - 4/25/14 at 8:59am
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Yes, thank you!
I was being driven away at a disturbingly fast pace.
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About time. Gah, what a huge failure. Made everyone upset and only compounded the issue when they rolled it out simultaneously with the Youtube comment changes.

This still doesn't change every Google user having an automatic G+ account though.
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RIP... G+... Facebook.... Myspace and many others are waiting for you two up in heaven.
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Meh. G+ is the only "social" anything that i have and that's only because it came with Gmail. Sort of.

Not really an inconvenience, but then again, I don't use Youtube for anything really important, so I can't judge.




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Doesn't it piss you off? Didn't you notice what Hotmail does now? It REQUIRES a mobile phone number or a second email.

Luckily I could get to my friend a second throwaway email.

Idiots.
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Question, what/why was the crazy uproar about the comments on youtube being put on g+ ? I don't understand why that would make so many people so mad.
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The only thing I've found myself forced to use G+ with is YouTube, I didn't really mind it anyway. I have an extension which replaces the G+ comments with comments from Reddit, while it's not the best community in the world it's better than YouTube... tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Fletcherea View Post

Question, what/why was the crazy uproar about the comments on youtube being put on g+ ? I don't understand why that would make so many people so mad.

The problem is G+ has a different set of rules than other stuff. The worst one is that you're required to use your real name. For example my YouTube is Mott555 which obviously isn't my real name, though it includes my last name. If I let my YouTube get tied to G+, I'm in violation of that rule and my G+ can get suspended. And Google doesn't suspend on a per-site basis, they suspend per-account. So if my G+ is suspended, I'd also lose my YouTube account, Gmail account, and anything else tied to it. I've just lived with not being able to comment on YouTube rather than risk a mass ban over a rule on a service I don't even use.

I also have another handle used specifically for gaming that is anonymous. I like the handle and don't want to replace it with my real name. That one also has a YouTube account and other stuff.
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Doesn't it piss you off? Didn't you notice what Hotmail does now? It REQUIRES a mobile phone number or a second email.

Luckily I could get to my friend a second throwaway email.

Idiots.

That was a dumb change and should be optional for those who want additional security. I haven't had an Xbox in years but I recently recovered my profile on a friend's Xbox 360. Because of the new Microsoft changes, I had to use the Xbox, my laptop, my cell phone (SMS), and two different email accounts just to get everything verified.
Edited by mott555 - 4/25/14 at 7:04am
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