Nobody gets it right every time. Not even Google. After four years, Google announced last week that it will be changing the way Google+ operates by “decoupling” its profiles from users’ regular Google accounts.
What does this mean for your account? Well, over the last couple of years, YouTube users had to have a Google+ account to share YouTube videos or interact on the site…but no more! YouTube will be the first service affected in the decoupling process. There will also be a shift in the placement of Google+ features, such as moving the location sharing tools to Hangouts, for example. A strong focus will be placed on features like Google+ Collections, in attempts to maintain the platform’s initial objective of becoming a place “where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them.”
The process has been quietly taking shape over the past few months, with the moving of Google’s photo service out of Google+ into the new Google photos app, and also with the removal of sharing and links to the service from across Google’s services platform.
Google+ was created in an effort to streamline all Google accounts into one easily-accessible portal, but while users appreciated and continue to value the ease of access of all of their google accounts at one time, most users don’t like having their Google+ profiles to serve as their identity for all Google products that they use, which will no longer be the case with the new Google+ shift.
Google promises that users’ underlying Google accounts will remain unsearchable and unfollowable as they have always be been, unlike public Google+ profiles.
What do you do if you already have a Google+ profile and don’t plan to use the platform itself, Google plans to roll out better options for managing and removing your previously created public profiles. The changes will take place over the next few months.
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