Users of the Google+ social network soon won't need to use it in order to access other Google services. The company has revealed plans to slowly reduce the requirement for Google+ accounts for services such as uploading videos to YouTube and more.
Google has already announced it will be closing its Google+ Photos in favor of its recently-launched Google Photos service. In a new blog post, the company said it is "well underway putting location sharing into Hangouts and other apps, where it really belongs."
So in 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 ... 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.
YouTube noted these upcoming changes, saying:
"YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile when you want to upload, comment, or create a channel. If you're happy with everything as it is now, then just keep on keepin' on. 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)."
YouTube also announced that, starting immediately, any comments that people make on a YouTube video will just appear on that page, and not in Google+.