At this point I’m sure that this is old news, but it was just too good to pass up (don’t judge me dear reader). It turns out that, in addition to the YouTube community; reigning champions of geek culture, Will Wheaton and Neil Gaiman find Google’s endless tinkering utterly mystifying. In a post by Wheaton earlier this month, he chastises Google for its rage inducing campaign to make everyone join the floundering Google+. In a Tumblr post, Wheaton writes:
“Oh, go fuck yourself, Google. This is just as bad as companies forcing me to “like” something on Facebook before I can view whatever it is they want me to “like.” Just let me thumbs up something, without forcing me to “upgrade” to G+, you dickheads.”
Before reading this post by Wheaton, I had no idea that Google was forcing YouTube users to sign up for Google+ accounts. Wanting to see this for myself, I decided to like a video signed out of my account. I then received this message from YouTube.
Okay, that seems pretty standard. I guess I will just create a dummy YouTube account so I can like videos. This should only take me a few minutes. Little did I know somewhere in Santa Clara, California a Google engineer bathed in the glow of a computer monitor was whispering, “If only it were that easy you fool.”
What in the world is this? In order for me to like a YouTube video of a talking cat, Google needs my name, username, birthday, gender, phone number, and current email address.
At this point I don’t even care enough to fill out all this information. I can’t imagine anyone else feeling much different. This is the core of Wheaton’s argument and overall rage about Google’s baffling new policy. In his post, Wheaton goes on to write:
“The worst part of this? For a producer like me, I’m going to lose a crapton of potential upvotes for Tabletop, because the core of my audience is tech-savvy and may not want to “upgrade” to yet another fucking social network they don’t want or need.”
As if the registered disgust of Wheaton wasn’t enough to spark a fire in any nerd’s heart, legendary author Neil Gaiman added in his two cents.
“I wish Google would leave the Social Network thing to others. When Google does what it does, and does it well, it changes the world. When it rides bandwagons, it’s irritating. I’m not on Google Plus, and I suppose that I won’t be liking YouTube videos any longer.” Gaiman added to Wheaton’s post.
In summary, don’t piss of the creator of The Sandman and a once Star Trek: The Next Generation cast member turned geek hero. Google, you have enough on your plate already, stop forcing your social network down our throats.