Today Mashable reported that Google will soon phase out all YouTube accounts that either preexist the implementation of behind-the-scenes technology linking Google accounts and YouTube accounts, or have not taken the step to link the Google and YouTube accounts manually.
There are two types of YouTube accounts at play:
1. YouTube accounts that were created before Google owned YouTube. These types of accounts are soon to be deleted if they are not linked to Google accounts.
2. YouTube accounts that were created after Google bought YouTube. These types of accounts are already linked between Google and YouTube and will not be affected.
A Google account, in this case, is a master account that’s used for any Google service such as Gmail. So if you have a Gmail account, you’re ready to be linked to your YouTube account.
I tested the process by linking my YouTube account, which was created before Google bought YouTube, with my Google account that I use for Gmail. It took a few clicks and a password confirmation; that was the extent of it. I am now linked and my YouTube account will survive the coming phase.
It’s not clear when Google will begin a widescale campaign to make users link their Google and YouTube accounts. The process for linking accounts is quite user friendly, fortunately. And the reason for all this? Strongest amongst Google’s arguments that linking the accounts is a good idea is the notion that Google’s systems are more secure, keeping your YouTube experiences safer.