If you’re using a legacy YouTube account that isn’t attached to Google+, you can no longer comment on YouTube. I just tested this out and the web video conglomerate now requires that the account be attached to a Google+ page or account. Say goodbye to anonymity, if you want to comment you’ll have to finally fill out the YouTube account name form that most of us have been anxiously avoiding. The last option now is that there is still a small work-around that lets you leave comments from a redundant Google+ page. The good side of this is it makes it super easy to put your YouTube comments on Google+, if you care.
Are you still using your original YouTube name? Next time you click the comment box you’ll see the all-too-familiar “update your channel” box. This time it’s done playing games and will block your ability to comment until you complete it. If you want to stay anonymous, click the “I don’t want to use my full name” button.
On the next section there are two options that don’t directly attach your Google+ profile, the option to create a new Google+ page (as if your YouTube channel is a business) or to keep your YouTube username. Note if you opt to keep your YouTube username it will still create a new Google+ page named after your YouTube account. Regardless of what you do, Google will force you to accept the Pages terms of service agreement to finish.
Whichever way you decide to go through with it, Google+ will be attached to the YouTube username you leave comments with. If you decide that you didn’t like what just happened, you can go back into your YouTube settings and unlink the account within 14 days. To do this click the account arrow at the top-right of any page on YouTube.com and select Settings.
Then click “Temporarily disconnect Google+ page, and use your YouTube username.”
The Google+ page you created will remain attached to your Google account, but your YouTube account name will change back to what it was before. However, once you do this you won’t be able to comment until you go through the “update your channel” dialog again.
What do you groovy readers think about this new change that unconditionally ties Google+ directly to YouTube?