Get back the Old Google Accounts Sign-up form and avoid Google+

Written by: Muninder

Updated: January, 22, 2012

Recently Google took a blatant decision to promote Google+ where ever it could find white-space.
Due to this, Google has been at the receiving end of a lot of flak from social media and marketing experts.
People are not annoyed with the intent to promote a company’s native social network on it’s own platform but the method employed by the company to do so.

Google Accounts form
Did you see the 'Google Wave' logo ? HAHA!

Excessive promotions help only if the product is worth it. Now it’s up to you to decide if Google+ is really worth all these eyeballs. Even though it’s a fact that G+ was the first social networking site to reach the highest number of user base within a few days.
But activity wise Google+ couldn’t compete with Facebook and Twitter. To sum it up; Google+ was innovative but not revolutionary. And today internet users demand change, not the same old concept presented in a different way.

Sign-up using the old Google Accounts form

This decision to promote G+ also brought in a revamp to the normally clean yet long Google sign-up form. Now if you try to sign up a new Google account you’ll be shown 3 steps.
It means that you no longer need to sign up differently for a GMail and a Google+ account. By sign up, I mean: having to fill extra fields when opening your G+ account.

Old Sign-up form
Old Sign-up form

But for the time being you can escape those long steps by just navigating to the old form. A handful of Google products & services like calender, blogger, etc still present you with the old form.
The URLs of both forms can be deceptive as they start with the same sub-domain accounts. Both the URLs look like this,

New form link
Old form link

Take full advantage of this old sign-up form as Google has already hinted that they’ll centralize registrations all across it’s products soon.
Don’t you think Google is over-promoting Google+ ?


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