Google is doing everything it can to force Google Plus on everyone. Yesterday, when Star Trek star Wil Wheaton, tried to like a video on YouTube, he was forced to upgrade to Google Plus.
“It’s pissing me off”, said Wheaton.
He wrote the following on his Tumblr account:
Oh, go fuck yourself, Google. This is just as bad as companies forcing me to “like” something on Facebook before I can view whatever it is they want me to “like.”
Just let me thumbs up something, without forcing me to “upgrade” to G+, you dickheads.
The worst part of this? For a producer like me, I’m going to lose a crapton of potential upvotes for Tabletop, because the core of my audience is tech-savvy and may not want to “upgrade” to yet another fucking social network they don’t want or need.
Soon it started spreading among his fans.
Neil Gaiman, blogged:
I wish Google would leave the Social Network thing to others. When Google does what it does, and does it well, it changes the world. When it rides bandwagons, it’s irritating.
I’m not on Google Plus, and I suppose that I won’t be liking YouTube videos any longer.
John Green also blogged:
I strongly agree with this. Making it so that only google plus users can decide whether a YouTube video is worth watching benefits no one except for Google Plus: It is bad for viewers, bad for video creators, and bad for YouTube’s ability to curate and tailor videos to potential viewers.
Google should know better. Microsoft has tried this same thing for years, and it doesn’t work. Forcing people to sign up for it may give Google some nice user stats to share on its earnings calls, but it won’t build long-term success or engagement.
Google should give up on social, it will NEVER succeed.Channels: google