It is a separation that has long been anticipated by the online community. Google has announced in their blog that you will no longer need a Google+ account to have a YouTube channel, among other major changes.
Google’s requirement to have a Google+ account to access most of their services has left many people annoyed, as demonstrated by the second line in the blog post:
“While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink. So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes.”
Now in lieu of needing a Google+ account to access all of Google’s services, they will roll out something called a Google Account, which won’t be searchable or followable like a Google+ profile is.
They will even add in more options for people who want to disable their Google+ accounts that they were once required to have.
YouTube said in their blog post that comments left on videos will no longer appear on users Google+ accounts, but it will be several months before you can create a YouTube channel without Google+. If you decide to delete your Google+ account now, it’ll have dire consequences.
“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),” reads the post.
Other changes include creating a more “focused” Google+ experience and improving the ranking system on YouTube.