I second Jitsi. It's still early in development, but it's great.
Google is continuing to break YouTube
Just to be clear, before I rip into the rest of your rant: YouTube is a subsidiary of Google.
Forcing people to use Google+ in order to post comments on YouTube was bad enough.
Whaaa? I never visit the G+ site.
you can't post text updates on your channel anymore
I never even knew I could do that! I usually think of channels for video, though.
if you want to inform people of things you're doing on YouTube you need to use Google+
I don't use Google+ directly for anything. I still see friends updates on YouTube and I'm able to post my updates, follow subscriptions... what're you referring to specifically?
people who aren't subscribed to you can't read about your YouTube updates unless they go through the trouble of visiting your Google+ page
What happens when you go to YouTube.com/Derezo? Do you not see me and my YouTube updates? Do you see something else?
It is! I love the new updates rolled out this week. It's nice having only one account to access all of Google's services, and it makes it incredibly easy to add new ones.
I argue that YouTube is better today than it ever was at any point in history..
None of your quibbles have an objective basis or even have anything to do with videos (which is what YouTube is about -- videos).