Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists.
Google+ as a social layer
So, like they’ve said from the very beginning, they’re a self-described “social layer” and not a social network — an authorship tool that hardwires online content directly to its companies, brands, publications, owners and authors. Plus is the glue — or, maybe the Gloogle — between all of the disparate properties. Case in point, my own vanity URL for my Google+ profile is not only plus.google.com/+ChrisAbraham but is also google.com/+ChrisAbraham too. Isn’t that interesting?
YouTube channels, they are a-changin’
Another case-in-point: how YouTube has begun handling YouTube Channel creation. Back in the day, as far as I knew, one needed to create a unique Google email address for each YouTube channel, at least between the time between when you just registered separately for Google account with usernames, a long time ago.
Now, you can visit your YouTube while you’re logged in through your “home” email account, in my case firstname.lastname@example.org, and then you can go to YouTube Settings and you’ll see a spot where you can create a new YouTube channel.
Want to produce video content? You need to join Google+
Funny thing is, let’s say you’ve avoiding putting together a Google+ account until this moment, for whatever reason.
You don’t want another social network, you’ve tried it before and it’s not your thing, etc. Well, as you are still welcome to use YouTube all you want as yourself, as your user account, without joining Google+; however, if you want to start vlogging on YouTube at all, you’ll now be required to create a Google+ account.
Also, if you want to create a separate channel down the road, focusing on something else, such as your business, your hobby, your sport, a club, or a business venture, you’ll then be required to create a separate Google+ Business Page for every separate channel you create.
So, in a post-Google+ world, Google’s tightening the screws and creating new and creative ways of coercing each and every aspiring video content producer to not only invest in Google Plus (you do want your own channel, don’t you?) but, if you’re in any way ambitious, you’ll end up with at least one Google + Business Page.
What this requires is also your Real Name, at least, and your mobile phone number, maybe a backup phone, your business address, your business number, and then a whole bunch of other real, authentic, information, in order to flush your real identity into the clearing. They’ll also want to associate all of your online properties with you as well, your blog, business site, personal site, social media sites, and alternate email addresses.