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Google+ profile no longer needed for YouTube, other Google platforms

Google+ profiles will no longer be the be-all and end-all identity for users across the company's platforms such as YouTube. Google+ was launched in June 2011 as a social network to give users a single identity across all Google platforms, but some users did not react well to the forced integration with Google+.

+Bradley Horowitz  Google's vice president of streams, photos and sharing, wrote in a blog post Monday that although the company got certain things right with Google+, there were a few choices that, "in hindsight, we've needed to rethink."

In a bid to make a "more focused, more useful, more engaging" Google+, Horowitz said, over the next few months the company will unravel certain Google+ features and only require a Google account for access.

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So there are two important changes to take note of:

  1. YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile when you want to upload, comment, or create a channel. If you’re happy with everything as it is now, then just keep on keeping on. If you want to remove your Google+ profile, you’ll be able to do this in the coming months, but do not do it now or you’ll delete your YouTube channel.
  2. Comments made on YouTube videos from the YouTube side will stay on YouTube, and comments made on YouTube videos from the G+ side will stay on G+ and not be forcibly displayed on the YouTube side as well. 

And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, Google will be offering better options for managing and removing those public profiles. Users are expected to see these changes roll out in stages over several months. 

Recently, Google announced that it's shutting down Google+ Photos by Aug. 1 to make room for a stand-alone Google Photos app.

Hope Google+ is heading the right direction.

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