Google now requires YouTube users to have a Google+ account in order to post comments. The change has been so controversial that some discussions about the change have been so heated that people are resorting to four letter words.
One YouTube user even created a song telling Google what they think of Google+ [NSFW] (posted under her real name), while a social media professional responded by calling people names for wanting to post under usernames instead of their real name.
Some people welcome the change. Comments on YouTube have historically been juvenile and negative, while comments on Google+ have typically been more intelligent and thought provoking. The theory is that if you tie a comment to a real person, people will be a bit more kind.
But many YouTube users are in an uproar, posting videos and comments complaining about the change. Some don’t like losing their anonymity and some simple don’t like change.
One concern is that forcing people to use their real names will cause people to self-censor themselves. This can be good, if it causes people to be nicer. But it also can be bad when it suppresses positive political, religious or personal discussions. And there is also the concern that the more vocal negative YouTube users will simply taint Google+ by posting negative comments on Google+ as well as YouTube.
It should be interesting to see how it affects YouTube and Google+. I am hoping the change improves comments on YouTube. What do you think of the change?