Two real problems with this article -
1)G+ is flagging? In what mad universe is that? It's the second biggest social network on the planet(Third by a wide margin? Twitter.) and has been showing consistent and accelerating growth for far longer than they've been linked to YouTube. While I'm sure that my disqus inbox will, before too long, be filled with excuses as to why it really isn't the biggest social network on the planet for convoluted and wildly illogical reasons, the fact still remains - according to the best numbers we have they're not flagging in the least.
2)"In the meantime, people who have good reason not to post under their own names -- vulnerable people, whistleblowers, others --"
Oh yeah, I remember when Edward Snowden dumped the NSA files into a youtube comment under his own G+ account, and when Bradley Manning dodged capture because the government couldn't connect his youtube account to his G+.
Seriously, are you trying to tell me that youtube comments are some vast, under-appreciated source of whistleblower leaks? Or maybe, that any vulnerable people who were not already aware that their G+ account has been linked to their Google plus account for 12 months or so, are somehow so stupid that they can't set up an account under a Pseudonym, despite being able to perform an identical process under their real name? If you're a vulnerable person, why are you doing a single goddamn thing online under your real name? Or that somehow, the pseudo-anonymity of youtube comments was the last great, safe bastion for those under threat, those that needed protection from hostile fucking anyone at all, and that this pseudo-anonymity is now forever lost to us?
Christ, Corey, I know this is in your wheelhouse, but do you think you could turn the rhetoric dial back just a few clicks mate?
Finally, this hasn't been a secret. It was announced at least a month in advance, nobody said anything. G+ accounts have been linked to every other part of youtube for about 12 months, nobody said anything. It's only now that there's a change that you actually notice while using youtube instead of just clicking whatever button makes that dialog box telling you all of this go away that we've started complaining. Not when it started. Not when we were told it was going to happen. But only now, when it actually happened in a way that we can't click a box to ignore is it the worst thing ever, and it destroys our privacy, liberties, and very way of life. Can you see why maybe people - and google, for that matter - just might not take you seriously?