Google+ no longer necessary for other Google services, company announces
YouTube and Gmail integration will be phased out over next several weeks, company says
Google will no longer force users to have a Google+ profile for them to use Google's other services, including Gmail and YouTube.
The company will unlink the social networking profile from its other services over the next several months.
The company says it "got certain things right" when creating the network, but heard consumer feedback that widely criticized aspects of the social network.
"We made a few choices that, in hindsight, we needed to rethink," reads a blog post from Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice-president of streams, photos and sharing, .
One of those changes is to no longer link a user's Google+ account to all their other Google products.
Coming soon: you won't need a Google+ profile to use anything other than Google+. Read more: <a href="http://t.co/nsYMNEP8wN">http://t.co/nsYMNEP8wN</a>—@GooglePlus
Horowitz says the company received feedback that "it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use."
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/amarjeet?src=hash">#amarjeet</a> 'Confusing' Google+ integration finally scrapped across all products: In a major… <a href="http://t.co/PeC6j26S4G">http://t.co/PeC6j26S4G</a>—@amarjeetsharmas
Instead of a Google+ profile, a user's plain, non-social-networking Google account will become their Google-wide identity. The shift will take several months, Horowitz says, and YouTube will be one of the first integrated products to make the switch.
YouTube now requires users have a Google+ profile if they want to upload videos, leave comments or create a channel, according to a blog post from the company. That will change in the next few weeks.
Creators! Check out our update on changes to YouTube and Google+ here: <a href="http://t.co/XI4L1qXJjg">http://t.co/XI4L1qXJjg</a>—@YTCreators
It didn't seem like many people will miss the integration of their Google+ profiles.
Just kidding. Google+ Can just go away.—@Pamaj
Many people had expressed frustration that the company was seemingly forcing them to create Google+ profiles to use other services.
YouTube is finally getting rid of Google+ Throwback tweet to when they first launched it lol <a href="https://t.co/ilUQvVwOzM">https://t.co/ilUQvVwOzM</a>—@Chris_Smoove
Some didn't see the point of the social network in the first place.
Google Is Finally Divorcing from Google+ Accounts <a href="http://t.co/XSNJnc8Ase">http://t.co/XSNJnc8Ase</a> <a href="http://t.co/ucfTrk0jF0">pic.twitter.com/ucfTrk0jF0</a>—@Veronica
<a href="https://twitter.com/hacks4pancakes">@hacks4pancakes</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Veronica">@Veronica</a> on google+ nobody could hear you scream—@FeMaven
Users who felt forced to create a Google+ profile but don't want to actively use it will have new options "for managing and removing those public profiles," Horowitz says.
But some defended the service, and weren't necessarily keen to delete their profiles.
Google+ More like Google- HA HA HA—@gunnarolla
<a href="https://twitter.com/Veronica">@Veronica</a> I find I have a much better conversation on Googl+. Twitter is the wrost in terms of conversations.—@mtelesha