YouTube Account Creation HistoryBack before Google bought YouTube in 2006, and for some time after, you didn't need a Google account to comment, create YT channels, etc. You did need a YouTube account, but that seemed logical. After the takeover you could log in to YouTube using any existing YT or Google account (Gmail, etc.). They later added the Google account requirement which seemed logical (it is their service after all), but more recently the process has become a little more intrusive in a way that many users many not even realize. The initial requirement of a Google account wasn't a big deal, but when you create the account now you are ALSO being forced to create a Google+ account and a Google public profile. There is no opt out. And during the process it doesn't make it very clear that these other non-optional parts of your account are being created. There is a way to remove them from your Google account after the fact, but the issue again is that I doubt most users will be aware these steps need to be taken.
Google/YouTube Account Workaround
Creating a YouTube AccountWhen you hit the normal YouTube sign-up screen, Google isn't making any secret of the fact that you will have access to all of their other services, but it's not clear that they are essentially setting you up to use those services without any additional action required on your part. Even the optional Google+ check box at the bottom basically just relates to personalized internet experience on non-Google sites. I suspect the average user might think that unchecking this box would prevent Google from creating a Google+ account, but I assure you it does not. As I said earlier, there are no opt-out options, so you'll need to complete the sign-up process before we can work on deleting your Google+ account, public profile, etc. To get started, log in to your new account and go to google.com. You should see your user name in the upper right. Click on your name and then click on the "Account" link from the drop-down. That will take you to this page: Here you'll need to click "Delete profile and remove associated Google+ features", which will take you to a screen where you'll have 2 deletion options:
- Delete Google+ content
- Delete your entire Google profile