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YouTube’s Co-Founder Slams Google's Changes to YouTube

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Jawed Karim recently made his second posting to YouTube, the site that he co-founded eight years ago.

Karim recently posted this question (which is shared by many) on his YouTube page:

Why the f--- do i need a google+ account to comment on a video?

As part of an effort to convince people how really great Google+ is, the search engine giant recently required people to have a Google+ account to comment on YouTube, notes The Guardian.

Some YouTubers are so reluctant to have a Google+ account that they have decided to stop commenting, which doesn't seem to sway Google's enthusiasm.

"You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles," Google told users in a statement.

However, it seems obvious to even the most casual observers that the tech company is trying to artificially boost its numbers for Google+.

Google previously added Google+ accounts to Gmail users, whether they wanted it or not, and appears to be using the same trick on YouTube users.

The company also folded its Google Places into Google+ making the social website an important part of SEO.

According to JessicaLessin.com, Google is planning to run Facebook-like ads on Google+.

However, it's not clear how many people actually use Google+ as a social media hangout, at least voluntarily.

Sources: YouTube, The Guardian, YouTube-global.blogspot.co.uk, JessicaLessin.com

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