Google has embarked on a process to de-link Google Accounts from their associated Google+ profiles so to give users of its various services more control and choice over how they access and use those services.
If you can remember well then you’re surely missing the old days when Google didn’t shove its social platform down your throat as, mostly, the only way to make comments and access several other services. Want to store your photos? Google+. Want to comment on that Rebecca Black (remember her?) YouTube video? Google+ profile required. Want to comment on some blog post on a Blogger-hosted blog? Google+. Want to share your location? Google+. While Google has gone back on most of those decisions after receiving a lot of backlash from users, it is now going full-on with its efforts to let everybody be as they are. The decision to spin-off Google+ Photos to the new Google Photos app was just a start.
…in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change… As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.