Last night, I logged in to my YouTube account and was faced with a choice; do I still want to be me or do I want to change my name to match one of my Google+ pages. Good question. I was already having an online identity crisis before I saw this fork in the road and it truly, truly stumped me.
I wish I had taken a screengrab of the initial prompt. I thought I could recreate it this morning by changing my mind, but now YouTube isn’t offering me a chance to go back!
Prior to yesterday, my YouTube channel was called TV_Cyn. It was hooked to my gmail address and contained mostly TV related videos because that’s my thing. In addition to my own Google+ page, I have a page for my TV site TV of the Absurd.
When YouTube tried to force my hand last night, it gave me the option of staying with TV_Cyn, or connecting my YouTube account to one of my three Google+ pages. Since my YT is all about TV and my blog is all about TV I figured why not connect the TV Google+ page to the YT account. You still with me?
Once I clicked to link everything, I was immediately sorry. My YouTube dashboard turned into this:
Really? Do I really need to manage my entire Google life from the top corner of YouTube? As I clicked through, YouTube told me I could add additional managers. I thought this meant I could have several people as admins on my YouTube page. Very helpful for the business pages I run. . . but no. Clicking that took me to Google+ where I was asked to add people to my page over there. What?!?
Along with the overblown list of options, I now have that annoying Google notification box at the top of my screen when I visit YouTube.
It gets more insidious if you don’t currently have a Google+ page. Choose the right option and YouTube creates one for you in an instant and loads it with your videos. Now that’s how you boost your user numbers!
I get where Google is going with this. The idea of one log-in across a dozen different services is a good thing. I also appreciate the promotional push that I got when I connected the accounts. But from a day-to-day, practical standpoint, it’s too much.
I told YouTube I wanted to switch back and I got this:
Might just be me, but the image of those scissors cutting the connecting cord is heavy symbolism. It’s like they’re trying to impress upon me the gravity of what I’m about to do. I’m severing our connection. I’m saying goodbye to Google+ once and for all and don’t even think about looking back because once it’s done, it’s done. Make the wrong choice and that’s it. You’re finished.
Think I’m being overly dramatic? I tried to change back to the TV of the Absurd name and the option is gone. I had my one shot.
When I clicked to cut the cord, YouTube asked me why. One of the choices was that it’s too complicated. That’s the one I picked.
Have you been forced to take the YouTube identity challenge? Was it good for you?