Open letter to Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management at Google+2 Recommended Answers
The headline: we think you’ll like it.
Comments are super important to the relationship between creators and fans on YouTube. You love MyLifeAsEva and Kingsley. You thought that latest video from Tyler was his funniest yet. You want to tell Epic Rap Battles who their next match-up should feature. And these creators want to hear from fans like you, just as much as you want to communicate with them.
All of these conversations should be simpler and easier to have on YouTube, and we’ve been working on that.
- First off, we’ve improved the ranking system that reduces the visibility of junk comments. It’s working—the rate of dislikes on comments has dropped by more than 35 percent across YouTube.
- With today’s announcement from Google+, you’ll see more changes. The comments you make on YouTube will now appear only on YouTube, not also on Google+. And vice-versa. This starts rolling out today.
- Creators told us they liked the moderation options on their channels, like reviewing comments before they’re posted, blocking certain words, or auto-approving comments from certain fans. All this stays.
Your YouTube channel
This one’s further off. In the coming weeks, YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile when you want to upload, comment, or create a channel. If you’re happy with everything as it is now, then just keep on keepin’ on. If you want to remove your Google+ profile, you’ll be able to do this in the coming months, but do not do it now or you’ll delete your YouTube channel (no bueno). Please visit our Help Center for further details.
We’ve heard you. Keep talking to us.
The YouTube team
When Google+ was launched, I was looking forward to using it. At the time, I was a regular Facebook user and wanted an alternative so that I had more control over my privacy. I gave it a try, but did not like Google+ for two reasons: (1) the user interface lacks an obvious logic flow; (2) nobody I knew was using it (a few people had accounts, but they were not posting). So, I tried again, 6-9 months later, thinking maybe I just needed to adjust to it. Same thing.
I don't like the idea of everything being linked - I can do that in my head, thank you very much. I don't like the idea of not being able to see where YouTube ends and Google+ begins. YouTube is already confusing enough with its inconsistent structure, functions and terminology. Why make it even more confusing? And why force loyal YouTube users to use something we clearly don't want?
I'll see what I can do to ensure Mr. Horowitz sees this open letter. I drive by Google in Austin, Texas all the time - maybe I can drop off this letter and request they get it in front of him.
You will always get SOME dissent no matter what you do.
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