spacefem wrote:but the alternative is deleting all these accounts, right?
Well I think you can keep your login separate still? As long as you are using separate logins, I think it doesn't merge them. It's only for products where you use the same login for everything that things are merged together. E.g. I log out of my own account and log in to a different account when I need to run some stuff for a non-profit I'm part of, and that would be separate, from my reading on it.
That's not to say that I think what they're doing is a good thing. I know people who have had enough trouble with g+ changing things (see: nymwars), by forcing the "real" name to be used, when they use something else for their business. This has led to loss of business.
"We may use the name you provide for your Google Profile across all of the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services."
I disagree with this policy entirely, for all the reasons I argued in the nymwars discussions (and complained to google too). It doesn't affect me personally, because I mostly just have one account (email) and don't really use anything else. I don't post youtube videos and never intend to (I've always disliked their lack of privacy on those), I have g+ enabled but the nymwars pissed me off enough that mostly I don't use it. I'm kind of meh on the tracking stuff. They already do it, and in some ways it's helpful. In other ways, it can cause problems and I imagine it could be bad for some people, so I completely think people need to be able to block that.
To sum up:Dear Google: Please stop being evil.