Some YouTubers are not pleased about being forced onto Google+ for commenting, and one girl took a stand in the cutest, most profane way imaginable. “You ruined our site and called it integration / I’m writing this song just to vent our frustration / Fuck you, Google Plusssssss!”
Personally, I think the shift to Google+ comments is a huge win. It will greatly discourage bullying and trolling, turning a cesspool into civil discussion. It will also let YouTube rank comments by popularity, and show you the most relevant ones from friends and celebrities.
But change is tough, especially for emotional kids. Remember “Students Against Facebook News Feed”? 750,000 people, or nearly 10% of Facebook’s user base at the time, protested the launch of the feature in 2006. Now it’s one of the most popular pieces of the Internet and the key to Facebook’s addictive nature.
YouTube has had its own commenting system since forever. It’s basic, and has become a haven for homophobia and racism, but some people just don’t want to adapt to something new.
Emma Blackery has some good points about the forced transition and other troubles in YouTubeland.
“If it was gonna work it would have happened by now / Maybe ask Yahoo to fix it somehow”
“No one gets videos they subscribed for / Video responses are dead in the water / You can’t leave comments unless you’re linked up / Can you please listen to us? / Fuck you, Google+”
Blackery admits YouTube probably won’t halt the march of Google+ comments across its service. Perhaps with time she’ll see the strengths of less anonymous discourse, but for now she just wants to know the search giant isn’t ignoring the convictions of its content creators.