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11/10/13
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madrasi

Open letter to Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management at Google+

Dear Mr. Horowitz:
 
I am posting this letter publicly because you have enabled "contact lock" on your YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/elatable/ and therefore I cannot send you a private message.
 
Have you seen this petition yet, or the dozens like it?
 
 
In only three days, 70,000 YouTube users have signed that petition. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is by far the most popular petition ever regarding YouTube, and it's only been around three days. This petition and one other regarding the forced "integration" of Google+ are two of the three most popular petitions on the entire change.org website today.
 
Not to mention the fact that Google is getting a lot of bad press lately.
 
You publicly admitted in this video that the motivation behind this change is to track your user base, creating permanent profiles about them, and serve them better ads:
 
Mr. Horowitz, this is by far the worst mistake Google has ever made. People are not happy, judging by the overwhelming popularity of this video:
 
To put it very simply, the vast majority of YouTube users hate Google+, and resent being forced into using it. The forcing of the Google+ service on YouTube users only highlights Google's desperation at Google+'s failures (like Google Buzz, Orkut, and Google's many other "social network" failures before it).
 
The good news is that it's still not too late to fix this debacle you've created. Just let people use YouTube without needing a Google+ account. It's that simple.
 
The choice is yours, Mr. Horowitz. Drive the Google brand name further into the ground and callously toss away the goodwill you previously established with your users?
 
Or give users back the same choice they always had before: allow Google+ accounts to be optional, not mandatory, for YouTube users.
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11/10/13
Original Poster
madrasi
Could somebody please let Mr. Horowitz know about this letter?
 
Here are links for contacting him directly:
 
In this USA Today article, Mr. Horowitz bragged about forcing Google+ on all YouTube users:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/10/29/google--youtube-comments/3304273/
KNOWHOPE
11/10/13
KNOWHOPE
Well done Madrasi! My days of writing open letters to Google management are over. Now I look forward to calling Google out publicly when I get media exposure in the not too distant future. Those links to media articles on Google will help me make my case.
Kris Here
11/10/13
Kris Here

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.
11/10/13
Original Poster
madrasi
Thank you, Kris. I do hope that Mr. Horowitz reads this post, as well as the hundreds of other posts giving feedback about the massive failure known as Google+.
Erniefred
11/10/13
Erniefred
I am quite happy with the new Google+ set up. It is very easy to uise as access on ONE PAGE!
You will always get SOME dissent no matter what you do.
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+DidierT (VSoccerGameShow)
1/12/16
+DidierT (VSoccerGameShow)
Enjoy yourself, Google made for you things that you do not understand. It is the future. :-)
 
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