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(CNN)   Good news, everyone: Forcing Google+ on YouTube went so well, Google is now about to force it on Gmail users as well   (cnn.com) divider line 21
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2014-01-11 01:09:41 AM
6 votes:

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: If you turned on Google+ on your account, you deserve anything that comes to you.


I keep trying to avoid it but google keeps trying to trick me into it with other services. Waiting for me to be in a hurry and then sneak up on me and say "Don't not click here to avoid joining google+. If not, then do." And then boom, it has me.
2014-01-11 07:42:23 AM
3 votes:
It's easy to turn off, however the default should have been off.  Opt in is the way to go.
2014-01-11 01:22:53 AM
3 votes:
img.fark.net

You can turn it off, fortunately. Settings/General tab.
2014-01-10 11:54:27 PM
3 votes:
img.fark.net
2014-01-11 09:33:16 AM
2 votes:

MmmmBacon: 1) Create a new Google+ account, with absolutely no personal information about yourself in it.


I did that already. In fact, I have about five or six identically empty G+ accounts, though not intentionally. See, youtube gives you the option to disconnect your youtube account from your G+ account. Problem is, when you do that, you can't post, upload or share videos (and I like to make movies and interact with others so I need these features). So on the first day, when I noticed that it created a G+ account for me, I looked for ways to delete it. Could not, so I disconnected my youtube account from it. Then when I tried to comment on a video, it prompted me to log in to G+. I begrudgingly did so, thinking it just reconnected with G+, but no: What it did was create a NEW G+ account identical to the old one. After I posted, I promptly disconnected G+ again.

This went on about half a dozen times before I realized Google was not reconnecting me with the same G+ account but spawning new G+ accounts every time I disconnected and then reconnected to post. It was a total mess. But that's not the issue.

The issue is that, WITH NO HELP FROM ME WHATSOEVER, other people that are important in my life have invariably found my G+ account(s) regardless. And I want to be clear here that neither G+ nor Youtube have ever had my real my name or personal information in any way. It is utterly baffling how I was discovered at all. I never visit G+. But I'm on youtube and all of a sudden I get a notification indicating that four people have added me to their circles. How?! I haven't done anything to indicate that they would even know who I am. I've contacted one -- a guy I trust -- and asked him to remove me from his circles, to minimize the damage because once you're on one contact list, the degrees of separation will spider-web from there.

So it doesn't seem to matter, Google apparently has one hell of an tracking algorithm and it knows who you are even when you try to create a dummy/fake/spoof/anonymous account with no info. It recommends you to the people you interact with all the same.

This is seriously seriously creepy.

/social media is too social
//can't we just go back to usenet?
2014-01-11 06:42:14 AM
2 votes:
I farking hate it.

I watch an awful lot of weird and odd videos on youtube (as I'm sure we all do), and sometimes I comment on them. And then a few months ago Google decided to link it up to a Google+ account which I don't want and won't use, but whatever. My real name isn't attached to either anyway.

But somehow, over the past two months, my idle, vacant, empty Google+ account got added to the "circles" (whatever the fark that is) of other Google+ users. Some of them are employers and clients of mine. I have no idea how they found my unused G+ account that I never visit and has nothing on it, but they have (it's creepy how intelligent the recommendations modules on social media sites are these days. LinkedIn does the same thing).

Worse yet, if I post a comment on a youtube video, the comment gets automatically referenced and linked on my G+ account as part of my recent activity (if anyone knows a way to disable this option, please tell me. I spent days trying to figure it out). So now these people that I am linked to their "circles" (whatever the fark that is), can go to my G+ page and see what videos I watch and post. That's farking creepy.

I don't want my personal life and my professional life to intersect like that. There is a clear demarcation in my life between what I do professionally for clients and businesses, and whatever goofy shiat I do in my own free time.

So I've stopped posting Youtube comments entirely out of fear and I'm probably going to shut down everything google if this doesn't get any better. This all-in-one inclusive bullshiat is not how we want to conduct our lives online, and it floors me that Google is too stupid to understand that.
2014-01-11 06:14:04 AM
2 votes:
Google's gotten too damn pushy.  I've been using gmail since 2004, but I really don't care for how they've changed YouTube, and I started moving my email before Christmas.  Glad I did.  Hotmail/live.com seems to have a decent email setup - at least until they start overreaching as well, and then I have to change again.

I want email.  I don't want your gimmicks, your attempts to foist connectivity.  Why? 'Cause fark you, that's why.
2014-01-11 01:32:31 AM
2 votes:
I've never used Google+.  It looks like I made the right choice.
2014-01-11 01:02:51 AM
2 votes:
Google really needs to realize that Facebook won this one, and move on.
2014-01-11 12:54:28 AM
2 votes:
I had my Gmail address when it was invite-only. It's simply M­yName­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iam­g*co­m.

I got my Google Voice number before it was Google Voice (It was Grand Central and Google bought the company).

I have an Android phone.

I love the Google.

But Google+ is the devil
2014-01-11 12:21:57 AM
2 votes:
From TFA comments (as a reply to another comment)::"We need to go back to pre-Google+ days. Down with facebook too. All of this social media nonsense..."

Apparently the commenter is unaware that the comments section is a form of social media.
2014-01-11 06:26:57 PM
1 votes:
www.quickmeme.com
2014-01-11 01:09:39 PM
1 votes:

cryinoutloud: Get this--I just looked at something on my computer, and it said "new programs installed." So I checked, since I've installed nothing, and there was "Google+ auto backup" on my list of programs. I don't even have a Google account anymore! I completely nuked it.

This is the second time I've had to uninstall whatever this is. I don't know where it comes from either. Google search?


stuff like this might be buried in another permission kind of thing.  i had free programs like AVG and Avast and occasionally they update in a large way and before I click "update" i look for things like "Make my default browser Explorer" or "Install and make my default browser Chrome" or some such nonsense.  Yeah, its why these things tend to be free but as long i keep that nonsense off my pc i'll have to be hyper aware of those like check boxes.
2014-01-11 01:05:34 PM
1 votes:
If the early American settlers would have known how hard things will be in the future, I'm sure they would have just given up right then.
2014-01-11 07:11:25 AM
1 votes:

Ishkur: I farking hate it.

I watch an awful lot of weird and odd videos on youtube (as I'm sure we all do), and sometimes I comment on them. And then a few months ago Google decided to link it up to a Google+ account which I don't want and won't use, but whatever. My real name isn't attached to either anyway.

But somehow, over the past two months, my idle, vacant, empty Google+ account got added to the "circles" (whatever the fark that is) of other Google+ users. Some of them are employers and clients of mine. I have no idea how they found my unused G+ account that I never visit and has nothing on it, but they have (it's creepy how intelligent the recommendations modules on social media sites are these days. LinkedIn does the same thing).

Worse yet, if I post a comment on a youtube video, the comment gets automatically referenced and linked on my G+ account as part of my recent activity (if anyone knows a way to disable this option, please tell me. I spent days trying to figure it out). So now these people that I am linked to their "circles" (whatever the fark that is), can go to my G+ page and see what videos I watch and post. That's farking creepy.

I don't want my personal life and my professional life to intersect like that. There is a clear demarcation in my life between what I do professionally for clients and businesses, and whatever goofy shiat I do in my own free time.

So I've stopped posting Youtube comments entirely out of fear and I'm probably going to shut down everything google if this doesn't get any better. This all-in-one inclusive bullshiat is not how we want to conduct our lives online, and it floors me that Google is too stupid to understand that.


This.

Similar happened to me. For a client I had to use google hangout on the fly. It forced me to use google+ in the process and I couldn't easily give a client a fake gmail address. Now I'm concerned I have to check my google+ account every week to see what google has decided to "helpfully" post there for me.

I'm more concerned about the future when google decides that now X auto posts to google+ and I have to know enough to read about it online and go into settings to turn it off. Remember the rollout of google buzz?
2014-01-11 05:20:50 AM
1 votes:

MmmmBacon: Google+ isn't that bad. It has many advantages over Facebook and Twitter, while being simple and easy to use. Once you have created a few Circles, you'll never want to leave Google+!

*spark* *glitch*

... many ad-vaaaantages...

*sputter*

... neverleaveneverleaveneverleaveneverleave...


Fark social media.
2014-01-11 04:22:56 AM
1 votes:

Smackledorfer: I guess I don't understand the outrage.


They're removing the anonymity of private email accounts. If I wanted random ass people to find my email address, I'd post it publicly for them to email me. Now, apparently, anyone with a gmail account can find me and send me at least one unsolicited email.
2014-01-11 03:21:10 AM
1 votes:

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: If you turned on Google+ on your account, you deserve anything that comes to you.


But I didn't.  That also means I can't comment on YouTube, but I never commented on Youtube.

I still have to opt out of this because Google created a Google+ account for me without my permission.
2014-01-11 01:34:55 AM
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com
2014-01-11 12:56:48 AM
1 votes:
.... i like google+

imgs.xkcd.com
2014-01-11 12:48:44 AM
1 votes:
If you turned on Google+ on your account, you deserve anything that comes to you.
 
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