Google+ and YouTube are Splitting Up
It’s always sad when a relationship ends, unless we’re talking Google+ and YouTube, in which case the entire internet will throw a raging virtual dance party on its freshly-dug grave.
As you’re probably painfully aware, Google+ was launched in 2011 to give users a single identity across all platforms and be a rival to Facebook. When it didn’t really catch on, Google required everyone on hugely-popular YouTube to have a Google+ account to comment, share or upload videos, claiming it would discourage trolls from leaving abusive comments.
Everyone hated it. Not only did it force people to join Google+, it screwed people’s comment sections and subscription feeds and made everything harder to use. YouTuber Colleen Evans, the comedian behind Miranda Sings, said she despised Google+ and it was going to ruin everything. “I think YouTube is going to die and none of us are going to have jobs anymore.”
Now, after years of digging in their heels, Google are finally admitting defeat. Google executive Bradley Horowitz announced the split, saying “While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink.”
And there was much rejoicing.