Google+ no longer required to use other Google products

By Shawn Knight
Jul 27, 2015
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  1. Google has its hands in all sorts of projects these days, many of which it excels at. There is, however, one glaring blemish on its record that’s hard to ignore – its handling of Google+, the company’s answer to Facebook.

    The search giant launched Google+ in the summer of 2011, electing to do so using an invite-only basis for the first few months. Despite the bottleneck, the social network managed to attract more than 20 million unique visitors within its first three weeks. Facebook’s 750 million active user head-start along with several other miscues ultimately proved to be too wide a gap to close.

    Pinpointing exactly what went wrong with Google+ is no easy task.

    Some say things went south when its creator, Vic Gundotra, left the company. Others believe it was questionable moves – like the aforementioned invite-only rollout, the fact that Google+ users could e-mail people without knowing their address or its shaky real names policy – that ultimately led to where we are today.

    Bradley Horowitz, VP of Streams, Photos and Sharing, admitted in a blog post earlier today that the company made some choices that, in hindsight, they’ve needed to rethink.

    In the coming months, Google will be moving some features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience out of Google+. We’ve already seen this taking place over the past several months but the biggest changes are still to come.

    Specifically, Google is doing away with the requirement that one needs a Google+ account to use all of the company’s other products. Instead, a simple Google Account is all you’ll need. We’re told that YouTube will be one of the first products to make the change.

    Horowitz added that they’ll also be rolling out better options for managing and removing public Google+ accounts belonging to people that don’t want to use them.

    For those that keep up with tech news, this is hardly a surprise. Last September, Google quietly removed the stipulation requiring new Gmail users to have a Google+ account. The launch of Google Photos earlier this year (and the subsequent pending shutdown of Google+ Photos) and the removal of Google+ account links from its web properties in June provide even more evidence that Google is doing its best to put Google+ behind it while saving face.

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  2. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 162   +14

    Google+ is trash, and making people use it was annoying. If not for the forced usage, nobody would use it. If Google wanted to be an answer to Facebook, they did a terrible job.
    Runt1me and trgz like this.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I think that was kind of the point. With the weight of Google behind it, I imagine they thought the forced exposure would snowball into a huge user base. That actually kind of happened.. it can't compare to the success of Facebook but it certainly is a "success" by most anyone's metrics.
    trgz likes this.
  4. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 148   +22

    YouTube here I come - Google+ totally screwed my ability to post and I had to create a new account, now I can hopefully resurrect my old account with all my favourites
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

    the problem is the awful integration with everything. The UX is so awful, navigation is terrible, searching is horrid, tagging is just, so backwards.

    However It's growing on me.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    Who actually uses Google+ knowingly?
    So do warts and nobody I know likes that.
    DaveBG likes this.
  7. Runt1me

    Runt1me TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Didn't like the idea of googlewarts either on youtube so I stuck to just looking.
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

    Sure the Network is garbage but few features are pretty decent. They should have just beefed up the profile page on Youtube instead of making a dedicated network page...
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    You could have something there.
  10. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 217   +72

    God, finally! I hated this crap a lot. I hope I can delete it from my youtube soon.
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 819   +52

    Didn't like google+ especially the way they just forced an account on me because I used other google services. I don't even log in to google unless I'm checking mail. Hate it profiling my searches. Now imagine it wanting me to do all my social media through it. I already have a Facebook account to worry about. Don't need another privacy abuser thank you
  12. Mike89

    Mike89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +6

    Can't wait for google to get everything done so I can close my google+ account for good. Never did like the damn thing and didn't use it but was forced to have it. Finally a good move on google's part.
  13. sadman3

    sadman3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 126

    I don't even use Google+ when connecting to other social media sites. As long as my Google Account is active then I'm good to go with it. vpn then allows me to connect to such websites safely. I really don't care about the Google+ thing.
  14. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 248   +30

    Now I can use a custom URL for Google+

    But because "other people have the same name", I can't use the same URL I have on Youtube, and it wants me to change it to something with extra characters.

    Fabulous, Google.

    Can we go back a few years and do things differently? *sigh*
  15. sadman3

    sadman3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 126

    I like this idea. I could only sign up into just one account for everything than having different accounts in which I couldn't remember sometimes.

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