Google to decouple Google+ and YouTube, sort of
In a move that's only several years too late, Google has announced that they will no longer force users to have a Google+ account in order to use YouTube . At first this seems like great news, but then this sinks in:
...[I]n the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.
So, I still need to use my Google account to access YouTube? I can't have a separate YouTube account? Honestly, I can see giving me the option to have one. Maybe I want to tie together an Analytics, AdWord, YouTube and Webmaster account for a business. But the general unease about the security of my "underlying Google Account" is still there, and that will keep me from engaging on YouTube.