Google+ Not Required - Finally

Jul 28, 2015 • 7:56 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

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Everyone is talking about the news that Google announced yesterday that Google+ is no longer going to be required for other Google services.

Google's Bradley Horowitz said in the blog post, "in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google." That means, YouTube and other Google products won't need a Google+ account anymore, which is something that many users found confusing and upsetting originally.

Bradley Horowitz shared more on Google+ saying:

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.

Even Matt Cutts from Google, who never really seem to take on to Google+ for outside social media purpose uses, said "cool" about this news on Google+:

The end of Google+? Well, slowly but Horowitz says no, as you'd expect:

Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine.

All signs still point to Google+ slowly dying but that isn't happening tomorrow.

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