YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has shared his thoughts on the new Google+ commenting system that was introduced to the video-sharing site earlier this week. In short, he’s not very impressed. More than eight years after uploading the first ever YouTube video, he wrote on his channel: “Why the f*** do I need a Google+ account to comment on a video?”
While it’s possible that Karim’s account was hacked and this post was, in fact, published by somebody else, the likelihood is that these thoughts were his own.
Google introduced the upgraded commenting system in an attempt to improve the quality and relevancy of YouTube-hosted discussions. The site has a reputation for facilitating a horrific amount of negative, random and hurtful comments, and so Google’s new approach is to sort viewer feedback by quality, rather than chronologically.
As part of these measures, YouTube users will now need to connect their profile with a Google+ account in order to continue commenting. Karim doesn’t approve, it would seem.
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