Yup, you heard right, Google+ and You Tube will no longer be affiliated, which means you can comment, upload or create a channel on You Tube videos without being required to have a Google+ account. But in all seriousness, with Google no longer requiring new Gmail users to create a Google+ profile back in September of 2014, later splitting up Google+ into streams and photo products, and finally with last week’s announcement of the death of Google+ photos, it’s clear that Google+ is being slowly phased out.
According to the Google blog: “People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier.
But we’ve also heard that it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identify in all the other Google products you use.” No kidding: That’s because Google+ is on its way out, and everyone seems to know it, including Google themselves.
The You Tube team likely also realizes that being integrated with Google+ is not the best option for their viewers.
“If you want to remove your Google+ profile, you’ll be able to do this in the coming months, but or you’ll delete your You Tube channel,” says the post.
So be patient, soon enough you’ll be set free, but don’t risk losing your Your Tube channel.
The service, Google's fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined.
The barriers are too high (since so many people dislike Google+), and with Facebook now driving close to as many, if not more video views then You Tube, the video platform needed to make a beneficial change for its audience.
As Google slowly dismantles Google+, Mashable’s Christina Warren predicts that Google is working to retire the brand: “It’s over guys.