I had a youtube account before Google acquired Youtube. But I've been prodded and prodded and now forced to join Google+ to continue to comment. If it's no big deal to you, that's fine, I don't really care. I still have the right to get annoyed at stupid shit they do though, because I certainly don't owe them anything because I use their "service". They get plenty out of each of us linking back to Youtube, watching their ads, knowing the brand name etc. Forcing me to join a bunch of peripheral shit is annoying and invasive.
So, right now, I'm getting pop-ups saying join us at Google+ or "Why don't you use your REAL NAME for a change, c'mon, this pop up will keep appearing until you doooo" or whatever to comment. I do that, I can comment now, but I have a shitty empty profile linked to my email that is doing nothing but making Google feel better about their failed social media website. How long is it going to be before I start getting pop ups saying "Oh, we see you haven't filled out your About Me section yet! Why don't you come on over and fill that out". "Oh, no picture? No comments for you until we see a picture, bozo."
Even if I just type "aphigeodibngsodlgnoswgbkn" in the about me section and then upload a picture of a generic gaming character as a picture, I'm still getting hassled over stupid shit. It's anti-consumer.
To emphasize Mongoosey with Mean Girls wisdom:
They're trying way too hard and pushing for something that's really not catching on. Kinda like how they're using the Vita as a hook up with the PS4; cute, but more of a convenient additions for a somewhat struggling system. http://www.lostateminor.com/2013/07/17/google-graveyard-a-list-of-failed-google-projects/
Here's a list of a bunch of ideas they've had or implemented till their death. Some decent, some just plain stupid, some purely pointless.