Oh the Google. I’ve had an account with Youtube for years. Then, as you surely know, Youtube was acquired by Google. Later, Google created Google+. For some time I’d log onto Youtube to post a video and I’d be badgered to create a Google+ account and link the two accounts. I tried to say no but at some point I was signed up. As bright and careful as I am, Google was too sneaky and it happened. Then I’d get invites to join friends on Google+ even though I had not once looked at Google+. That kind of bugged me. Did a Google+ page exist for me that people were viewing? What was on it? I had no idea. I just wanted it gone.
Yesterday I read about how to deactivate my Google+ account. To save my Youtube account, I needed to delink Youtube and Google+, which I did according to directions from Google+. Then I deactivated Google+. Apparently the unlinking didn’t happen and now my Youtube account is gone along with all my videos many of which were shared on this blog.
The deactivation notice said I could reactivate. I tried. One of the security questions was when did I create my Google+ account. Pretty sure I didn’t create it and, if I unwittingly did, I have no idea when. Punchline–I can’t reactivate my Youtube account. Kind of evil of Google, don’t you think?
Time to look for other services. I’m thinking Vimeo for videos and Duck Duck Go for a search engine. Let me know if you know of reasons I should look elsewhere.
I spent some time deleting from my posts embedded now blank videos. I only made it back to April, 2014. It is an annoying process so I will probably just leave older posts alone. Not a big deal. All of my videos were little things that were only meant to make the world a more quiet place and what could be more quiet than no video at all?