YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim doesn’t like the new Google+/YouTube commenting system. In fact, he’s pretty upset about it. On his YouTube page, Karim left a quick note, questioning the new direction by Google.
Posting “why the f—- do I need a google+ account to comment on a video?” (our censorship, not his), Karim echoes some of the frustration being lobbed either way. On one hand, Google+ users have grown weary of the often racist, sexual remarks forced on them. Simply sharing a video adds a comment to the YouTube stream, where the normal YouTube hate parade can take effect. By responding to your share, those comments can end up in your stream on Google+.
The disillusionment also goes both ways. YouTube commenters are frustrated with the need for a Google+ account, and Google+ users are unhappy with the insults, with many vowing to monitor their shares and comments closely. This has prompted some commenters to stop using the YouTube comments section altogether. Rather than having a Google+ account forced on them, or be censored by those who already have one, they choose to go elsewhere.
It’s another in a long line of Google’s efforts to make Google+ noticeable. They’ve already given each Gmail user an account, and have effectively rolled Zagat into the mix as well. A new Maps widget for Android allows you to share your location with a circle of people, almost begging you to join and bring others with you.
Google has long been championing their social media platform as one which can unify their services, and bring stability to the fold. Once a company of spare parts and spring cleaning (we still miss Reader), Google now wants to act as a well oiled machine. At least one user — who Google made very rich when they purchased the service for $1.65 billion — is unhappy. Unfortunately, he speaks for many.