On Nov 6, 2013, I logged into my Youtube account.
Everything seemed normal at first. I watched a few videos and then decided I wanted to comment. I clicked into the comment box, but my cursor didn’t appear. I thought my computer was having a moment. But soon, an interface box appeared. One I had seen before. One I had X’d out of nearly a thousand times.
This was the ‘Connect to Google Plus’ box. It attempts to get you to link your Youtube Channel with your Google Plus page. This link also will display your full name. While I could still close the box, commenting was still not working. I soon realized, Google has now made the acceptance of this feature mandatory, if I wanted to comment.
I then saw I had a few messages in my Inbox. I clicked on it to read them, but saw this instead:
Are you kidding me? Why would I want to use Google Plus to read comments from my Youtube videos? Why do you want me to use my real name when commenting?
Side Note: I originally connected my G+ account, under the choice “Use User Name”, but when I commented on a video, my real name displayed.
If you read the news, Goggle is saying they’ve implemented the G+ integration to cut down on spam. I think this a lie. I believe this is a tactic to get users onto G+, which, let’s face it, is a failed social network.
Let me also remind you that in 2011, it was against Youtube policy to use your real name. Goggle has since rewritten the policy, clearly so they protect their butts from getting sued.
Some may say that the change is good. But, I would tell you to take a look at some videos and their comments. Spam Bots are rampant and ASCII artwork is now allowed in comments, which people are using to post offensive images.
Comment boxes now allow links, in which Bots are placing viruses.
Some news outlets are reporting that many users are abandoning commenting altogether. I am one of those users. This really is an unjust change and it has me fuming with anger.
Here’s what you can do:
- Install Adblock in your browser. This extension blocks ads from running, which will cause Goggle to lose money.
- Write your opinion on the Youtube facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youtube
- Write your opinion on Larry Page’s G+ profile. He’s Goggle’s CEO. : https://plus.google.com/+LarryPage/posts
- Refrain from linking your G+ account. You can even delete it.
- Refrain from commenting on Youtube.
It is important to combat this change. Google is becoming too powerful and too controlling. They are trying to remove anonymity from the internet completely, and that is not good.
All of the big Youtubers, Shane Dawson, Pewdiepie, Smosh and Ray William Johnson have reminded quiet on this issue. They make serious money from Youtube (Google), so it is fair to say they don’t want to lose their checks. But, Jawed Karim, a co-founder of Youtube, commented on his channel for the first time in 8 years:
So, please join the fight against G+ and let us hope Youtube returns to normal.
EDIT: PewDiePie, The most-subscribed youtuber has spoken out against these changes. He had this to say, in his most recent video description box:
Turning comments off until they are working properly.
Due to the recent changes of the YouTube comment system I’m forced to disable comments.
Since front page/top comments are filled with: Links to virus sites, Advertisers, Self Advertisers, Spam, Copy and paste pics of dogs (I’m ok with those though) :p … Anyway, the list goes on.
Sorry about this, it’s not an easy decision since I love reading your comments! But I hope this will get fixed soon, my proposal would be to let us disable top comments (as we could before).
Until then I’ll still reply on Fb and Pm’s