Google Changes Outrage YouTube Community

 Google Changes Outrage YouTube Community

After Google’s YouTube takeover in 2006, the video website has been undergoing a seemingly endless amount of modifications that were often more than a little inconvenient, but the recent Fall 2013 changes in particular have YouTube users in a frenzy.

In 2011, Google changed the sign-in process so that users must log into their Gmail accounts in order to access their full privileges on YouTube. This included commenting on and liking videos. It became the first step in YouTube’s transformation from an independent website to a Google subset.

This change alone caused many problems for YouTube users who did not have Gmail accounts or no longer had the password to the Google account associated with their YouTube username. Despite this issue, Google did not change the policy. An unconnected Gmail account could not be signed in while simultaneously being signed into YouTube. Users who wished to continue being a part of the YouTube community had to adapt to this policy, and they managed it. That time.

Last August, Google also made a move to block all Microsoft Windows phones from downloading and using the YouTube app, forcing Windows phone users who want to access the website to do so straight from an internet browser. On this, Google spokesmen stated that Microsoft neglected to make appropriate changes in software to accommodate the new app, and instead released their own that violated Google’s terms of service.

Many design changes developed thereafter, but none were substantial enough to cause a stir, until the end of last September. Now, YouTube users can only access full website privileges if they have a Google plus account. The comment section on all videos has been grouped into clusters of conversations, making it difficult to scroll through individual comments.

The system, however efficient it may have been intended to be, has many glitches. For example, the reply button is missing on several comments, causing the option to respond to other users to disappear.

The website also now opens a brand new window for each hidden comment you click, forcing you to have eight or nine windows open in order to follow a simple conversation.

There have been some perks that came from this update. Clickable links can be posted in comments and users can now create the hashtags that have taken over all online social networks. These improvements, however, have far from appeased the inconvenienced YouTubers.

For the first time in eight years, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has spoken out against Google’s updates to the website. Instead of uploading a video, Karim merely posted a passive aggressive question to his personal account:

“Why the **** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?”

Many other, more hostile, comments and videos have been posted on the subject. The anger of the YouTube community has reached a point where users have actually created petitions to get Google to revert to the old design. Google has yet to respond to any of these, but judging by how Google has handled protests to changes before, YouTube users may have no choice but to get used to it.

By Hend Salah

61 Responses to "Google Changes Outrage YouTube Community"

  1. video bokep indonesia   August 18, 2017 at 5:51 am

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  2. Pat Dowhn   January 1, 2014 at 1:11 am

    YouTube USED to be a forum for truly open discussion, if you could stand the occasional troll. Now it’s just a disaster since Google has turned it into a model of censorship and propaganda. Google needs to be stopped.

  3. Z   November 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I’m no fan of the new update. There are viruses, porn, screamer video, and seizure-causing links going around. The banned are returning with identical profiles. The worst of it is the vulgar art and/or usernames you might find.

    • Hend Salah   November 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I have epilepsy myself. A week ago I clicked a link in the comment section and it took me to this website with a gif of a “scary” masked screamer with extremely harsh strobe lights. I almost had a spell right then and there. I’m not going to give my personal opinion on the update, but some of the “good” features are actually harmful.

  4. Teh Guy   November 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

    You fail to mention that Microsoft’s app blocked ads, which is how Youtube producers make money. You also do not mention that the comment system changes (and yes, they are annoying) are at least in part designed to cut down on some of the vile, racist, sexist, etc, comments that seem to crop up in the comments section. By requiring a Google+ account (Plus is Google’s social network, it’s free and if you have a Gmail account then you already have a Plus account), they’ve removed the anonymity that these people previously used to remove them from the responsibility of their words. In other words, “would you say that if your mother could hear you?” can actually be applied.

    • Hend Salah   November 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      That’s true. However, the internet is still anonymous in that I can very easily make a fake Google+ account and do what I want without people knowing who I am. It’s done on other websites that require an account. You don’t have to prove your identity. Racist and sexist people will be racist and sexist no matter what you do.

  5. Ben   November 14, 2013 at 6:55 am


  6. Cameron   November 14, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I’m keen to know if there are any alternatives to YouTube? With such outrage there is surely tremendous opportunity for a new video site to launch and steal all these users, no?

    • Joel Durham Jr   November 14, 2013 at 6:03 am

      Vimeo and DailyMotion, to name two.

  7. BDG   November 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I REALY hate the new youtube format. Before I could simply make a comment and post it from my droid in like 5 seconds, now I cant even post a single comment, instead it brings up a google+ message window….that tells me to share it in my circle or friends list….I dont even use google plus case it is so fricken complicated to use and why do I even need google plus to leave a comment on a video? Not only that but my inbox is gone as well. what is the use of youtube if you cant post a comment on a video, what is the use of a youtube chanle if you cant access your messages AND WTF IS GOOGLE PLUS ANYWAYS?

  8. ML Eason   November 13, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Does Google+ cost money? If so maybe this was the initial corporate strategy when buying Youtube.

  9. jemima52   November 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I hate the new You tube, before you could listen to or watch a video and easily make a Comment, and reply to a Comment, now there is no Reply button, no Comment button, so infuriating, I absolutely hate it, You tube needs to change it back ASAP, why do they have to mess with something that’s working perfectly and that everyone is happy with!!.

  10. J   November 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

    “I fight for the user!” Nice article

  11. Brian Wolff   November 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I think the required identity is a libel protection against flamers, and something that is required in a lot of countries. I believe this was one of the conditions the EU put on Google, and is also a requirement in South Korea, intended to protect users and shield underage users from exposure.

    I also heard that this is an expansion of youtube into well created content (not just pictures of cats with music backdrop) with companies and individuals. Then, proper sites and truly original content (which takes time and money), requires views and comments (something that can be monetized for advertisers).

    I applaud them trying to elevate Youtube to something more respectable. The world of entertainment is changing from being network driven to being more internet driven. As the quality of internet entertainment goes up, it will need advertiser support. This is the best logical next step for Youtube.

  12. Jenny   November 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Its a joke.i noticed people asking why not just sart a google + account,to thos epeople because we are all being spied on,and if you think thats ok because “you have nothing to hide”you are a robot,aand you are not for freedom (not that that really exists anyway.

  13. asdfasdfasdfasdf   November 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Google turning into Microsoft in recent years, they kept making unpopular changes and ignore the community, trying to force people to use Google+, google this won’t work. the numbers may appear a lot, but advertisers would still know that many of these numbers are merely inactive users who were forced to sign up to Google+ in order to use another service.

  14. Jake   November 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Why Microsoft wont make a rival video service and call, for example GateTube? Who needs Google monopoly?

  15. waveydavey1   November 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    What was that old quote by somebody…? “If it is free for you to use, you are not the customer.” In other words, we free users are not who google needs to please.

  16. Bill Mosby   November 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I’m pretty sure that a significant number of youtube watchers would rather avoid having people know just what it is they are watching. So that has to cut down on those who struggle with comments. Just sayin’.

  17. Matt   November 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    You all keep forgetting: You are NOT customers of Google or Youtube. You are their products.

  18. ajmacdonaldjr   November 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    DARPA built the internet, the CIA owns Google, Facebook, and YouTube. Get over it and join Google +

  19. Peggy   November 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Everyone is paying for YouTube, Facebook, etc.

    I buy a product and some of that money gets funneled back to Google, etc, in the form of advertising revenue. Additionally, Google sells data about me and makes tons of money doing it. Additionally, I click on ads and links that are a part of Google’s AdSense. Lastly, just about everyone pays for access to the net and the computer, phone, or tablet used to access it.

    I’d even bet the NSA is paying ISP’s for user data. Tons of money is being made off of internet users. Wall Street just made a killing with Twitter. So, YES, people pay for the internet and all those portals directly and indirectly. This web site is probably making money by selling my email address when I comment.

    Google can do what it wants. I fully support the change if it makes them more profitable (I own the stock),. I also agree with the idea that people can vote with their web traffic patterns. None needs YouTube unless you’re making money off of your videos.

    Do people really read most of the comments? No more than here.

  20. Felix Ray (@clownwarz)   November 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I like the changes to the format comments, but G+ is a dealbreaker.

  21. shannon   November 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve already deleted my videos, closed the google+/youtube account, opened a new email account. The next step is to get all email sent to the new email address and get used to another search engine. Bye bye Google aka The New Evil. Oh yea, thanks for giving our data to the NSA too ya bastards


  22. Dex   November 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I like YouTube… its free.

  23. Paul Berry   November 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  24. AJ Simkatu (@Simkatu)   November 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Oh my gosh. Whatever am I going to do? You mean a totally free service has decided I can’t make anonymous comments any more without having a specific account?

    I was having so much fun just typing in “balls” on every comment to every video on YouTube, but now that’s going to be connected to my real name so I can’t do it!

    This is like the holocaust times eleventy googolplex.

  25. Felix Ray (@clownwarz)   November 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  26. Frank Frank Frank   November 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Whats so hard about starting a Google Plus Account?

  27. jane green   November 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    google has turned evil yup thats why i use their rivals service now

  28. Terry Musolf   November 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    So, Google is now part of Obamacare I see. Which one sucks worse?

    • AJ Simkatu (@Simkatu)   November 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Wow. Such amazing insight. It takes a true man of genius to connect you tube commenting changes with President Obama and the PPACA.

      • Felix Ray (@clownwarz)   November 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        Google Hussein Plus! I hate G+, but the obamacare references you see all over are pretty dumb.

  29. Jim   November 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Who gives a crap about 99% of YouTube comments from the usual sophomoric idiots. It seems with the changes it’s easier to find relevant, intelligent comments and you see less of the usual flame wars. I hated the comments before. Anything is an improvement.

    • quattrone   November 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Anonymity is honesty. And Google is in league with the NSA. All our freedoms are slowly dying in this country.

  30. Fukou Da   November 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Google = Evil

  31. GOD   November 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Google is demaning everyone have a Google+ because it will identify them publicly and in turn allow those stats to be used in any way shape or form they want to in the future. Ads are just the beginning. I for one am already looking to move on from google in all areas.

  32. F.U. Google   November 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    • John   November 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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  33. Boog   November 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I guess I’ll have to find a replacement for Google and YouTube

  34. Rick Kitchen   November 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    A major problem is that links are allowed in comments now, and people are taking advantage of that by posting Rickroll links, spam and links to non-germane pages.
    They also allow an unlimited number of lines in the comments, so if you accidentally open the comment, or don’t realize what the commenter is doing, you have a huge comment that you have to scroll through to find the end of, to close again. I’ve seen people posting entire chapters of books.

  35. Jim Lyons   November 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I am always amused by the outrage of today’s internet users. Are you paying a monthly fee for YouTube,Facebook, Twitter, etc? No? Then stop using the service. Or maybe start your own. Whining makes you look so helpless.

    • Rick Kitchen   November 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      because you’re so superior to everybody else, apparently.

    • Jamie Boyle   November 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Strange response, Jim. Are you whining about whiners? Also, please realize that people who post criticism may ALSO be canceling or cutting back their use of a service. Third, what is the relevance of paying or not paying for a service? Can’t people stop using a service either way? Fourth, is “start your own” really a reasonable alternative action?

    • Bayushi   November 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Because we totally aren’t giving YouTube (Google) millions of dollars through ad views, right?

      Oh wait…

  36. webHELPok   November 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Wanted to comment…..did i sign in here ???

  37. Mike Gottfried   November 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    The comments for this article are terrible.

  38. michael   November 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    good article. thanks for writing/posting. is there life without google? you bet … who needs it?

  39. citigal gates   November 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Google Folks: r u listening? you make it a chore to get to anyting. When you take away our choices and otions,what have you become? Many terms come to mind… well, people are outraged! Using our Smartphones ,if you can get one that actually works, should be a user-defined simple or complex, pleasure. That’s. why we keep spending our entertainment funds on them and everything related.
    KISS- keep it simple stupid

  40. Gary Hiller   November 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve jumped through enough hoops for google.Their demanding of rediculous new conditions is too much.I believe I’ll check out Comcast again.I’m not going to play their juvenile games any more.

  41. EmmaBlackeryROX   November 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    “Clean up YouTube comments.” HAH. HAH HAH HAH. It’s made it WORSE. Far, FAR worse. We could deal with it before – now it’s entirely out of our hands, and out of control.

  42. Tom None   November 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Almost every web page that has comments requires you to “sign in” or “register” or “create an account” in order to leave comments of any sort. Even if you just want to “like” something, you need an account somewhere (“sign in with your facebook/twitter account” buttons are always there.

    An added benefit is that you don’t just get a bunch of spam and nasty spew in the comments section.

    • Rick Kitchen   November 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      it would be fine if you were able to use a facebook account, or some such, but they are not asking you to SIGN IN, they’re demanding that you create a Google Plus account.

      • Rick Taylor   November 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

        This is an incredibly stupid comment. If I had to sign in to Facebook to comment then I would have to create a Facebook account! THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!

        Except for which contact list stealing social network you are surrendering to.

    • Jim   November 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      100%, 100% correct. Just put me down as ditto for every word you said.

    • AJ Simkatu (@Simkatu)   November 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Yes. Almost every newspaper comments section has now made you have an account that they can link to your real identity if they need to.

      If you don’t like it, then create your own video website that allows anonymous users to spam and spew filth anonymously. Then let the user base decide which model they prefer.

  43. bob   November 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

    google can suck my dick

    • priapus   November 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Google can also suck my dick as well

      • JohnQ   November 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        You 2 should just get together and suck each other off. Problem solved!

        • Brian Wolff   November 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

          This is why identities are required. People talk the way they want to because they think no one can link it to them. So, along comes 15 year old little girl (someone’s daughter) and she reads these comments. And, whether she already talks this way or not, you know everything in her undeveloped system of morals is saying, ‘I should talk this way too.’ Well, if people’s names were tied to their comments then they might not be so likely to talk this way. Free speech does not mean the right to freely offend, to violate community standards.


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