Google+ comments already added to YouTube app; YouTube creator hates it

Google+ comments already added to YouTube app; YouTube creator hates it
Google has been slowly working towards shifting the YouTube commenting to Google+ for a while now. It has been a very tricky transition because the YouTube commenter community is notoriously one of the more vocal and vicious groups of people around. Of course, this is the exact reason why Google wants to make the change in the comments section. Making the move to Google+ would require a bit more accountability than the current system of mostly anonymous commenters. 

The change has made its way to the Android YouTube app, and it hasn't even required an update to the app. If you check out the comments section of a video in the app, you'll see that your Google profile image will be to the left of the comment box, and by default it is set to share your comment (and the video) to Google+. 

As we mentioned, not everyone is happy with the change (mostly because it makes it slightly more difficult to be an awful troll), and one of those who seems to be pretty annoyed is the co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim. It has been 8 years since Karim did anything on YouTube, and that was to post the very first video ever on the site. But, Karim has come out of hibernation to post the question, "why the f*** do i need a google+ account to comment on a video?" (profanity censored by us.)

Of course, beyond the push for better identification with comments (which would hopefully mitigate some trolling) and the easy sharing to Google+, the move to Google+ comments also has a big effect on making replies easier to find, and improves surfacing the most relevant comments. But, some would still rather have the old system and their anonymity. 



1. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Yeah it's bull google

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The slow death of YT continues under google. Google needs to stop trying to force G+ onto everyone.

15. StevenFranklin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

hows it going to die when we dont have anywhere else to go? and no vimeo is not the alternative

16. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Have you ever see those comments on YouTube? there is a lot kids with Youtube channels and there is a lot of haters. Im ok with G+ but there should be a choice for those who don't want G+ to comment. you will see more mature ppl and lest trash talker there,

20. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I guarantee, that u life span is very much shorter then Youtube app. Of course, u wont live too see if Im right and neither do I. -.-

21. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

It's inevitable that a troll, like you (mxy), would resent that fact that other trolls, will find it hard to hide on YT anymore. Soon you guys are going to run out of bridges to hide under. I await that day with joy.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't comment on YT. I guess you feel mighty stupid right about now.

28. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

actually Im with Myx on this. Google + for comments suck. And actually it does nothing to stop trolls, as trolls can just setup a Google + account with someone else's name on it. Also since the comments allow you to post links now, this can be a potential way to spread malware via links, something that wasn't previously possible with the old comments system. Finally, if you look around, people can still mess with Youtube 4chan style.

33. RoundTwo

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Simple but completely true. Now i understand that Google owns youtube and if they are going to force google plus its just gonna happen most people will put up with it, but if google really wants to make people happy they make it an option. People want Youtube and google aint selling it anymore IMO.

22. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Actually I see some upside to it... Not only will obnoxious trolling be less common, there was always a bunch of spasm comments as well. I'll miss the way it was for many reasons, but I understand Google's decision.

2. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Actually I think this is good, this way people can avoid most people's misleading comments and opinionated BS. Also spamming? Also you can just created a fake account on Google. Can't ya?

4. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I've had a fake account since google MADE us get a Gmail account to access the comments section. I've had a Youtube account before Google came in and pissed all over the walls.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Problem is, people got around it with a G+ page without a name and continue to post junk.

3. nsrsindia

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

There goes my Youtube account...........................................​....................................:->...........​...................

17. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

that what i thought. then they tuned it into another g+ account. now i have 2 g+ accounts i dont use....

5. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I hate it. I was trying to comment on a video I was watching on motortrend and it wanted me to sign into Google. Apparently you can't comment unless you have a Google account and you sign in. Its so stupid.

29. adk199

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

I had the same feeling when i wanted to rate an app in the Play store. Since i deleted my G+ account i can't rate an app. Thats pretty non constructive imo. Perhaps the walled garden of Apple isn't so walled anyway :-)

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This is a really bad idea, Google was looking for a closed ecosystem by integrating G+ to Youtube. G+ is not as good with getting things social, the whole 'circles' and +1-ing ideas just don't cut it and a lot of anonymous people keep adding you to their circles esp the ones from say india or pakistani :(

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

People can add you all you want - if you don't add them they don't get to see anything.

7. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I like this idea. YouTube the way it was, was very bad. So many spam and troll comments in every video. Anything Google can do to try and clean up YouTube is a good idea.

8. breathlesstao unregistered

I honestly don't see why everyone's flipping out about this. Google bought YT ages ago. They created G+ and they've been pushing it ever since. They've been combing all their services together for easier management. It was only a question of time when this would happen, honestly. I mean, if you're the residential troll who just likes to throw sh×t while remaining anonymous. In that case, I understand your frustration.

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Why can't they just leave it as a share option? I'll never use Google+, I can guarantee that.

13. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Unfortunately you don't have a choice. This is the only way Google will ever stay competitive with Facebook. On the other hand it's ironic how Android is focused on freedom and open-source.

25. Beijendorf unregistered

The question is whether they really need to compete with Facebook. You can't strongarm your way into the social networking sphere by forcing your service onto users, since it'll just result in people creating fake accounts and hating the service even if it gains a shred of popularity. I really like the idea of Google service integration, but I can't help but to think that a better option would be to have the tabs up top for the various Google services. Click on it and you're asked if you want to enable the service if you haven't already, and get asked if you want to choose a username or use your real name. This way people would perhaps make their G+ account eventually, and be logged in to it by simply using some other service, making it a very easy-to-use service. It's how Google used to work - be open, allow anonymity and don't force people to use things they don't want.

14. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Literally no one I know used Google+ it never took off. They should maybe integrate Google accounts if you want but not Google+. Google+ at least in my personal circle is pretty fail.

18. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Google+ FTW. Time to grow up

19. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


23. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

its just so stupid, i cant even comment on my own youtube videos, and when one of my subscribers comments on 3 times on my vid, google+ counts it as spam when its not, there isn't even a way to say his comments aren't spam. worse i cant see youtube notifications on damn youtube i have to find them on once again google+, its utterly retarded

24. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

They ruined time stamps! And now the "best comments" and "recent comments" are on separate sections, that was unnecessary!

26. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Why is everybody getting their panties in a knot? If you want to comment so bad, link/create a G+ account and just use it for that; Ignore it afterwards. If you're sure you won't ever try to look like an asshat by commenting in YouTube, you could always comment from your real G+ account. Gee! It's so hard to click/tap on some buttons! Now I NEED a G+ account? Eff you registration forms! Thou hast shackled me for so long, o' bearer of complicated tip-taps! Calm your tits, boys and gals. When you were a wee lad, your parents left you on your own for 6+ hours in a building they call "school" for years. I'm sure you can handle this.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.