UPDATE: Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite work anymore.
So you’re sick and tired of Youtube’s popup asking, “Do you want to use your real name with your Youtube channel?” No? How about the part where when you check ‘no’ and are greeted with, “Okay, we’ll ask you again later.”
Here’s my quick tip to keeping your Google account separate from your otherwise anonymous Youtube account.
For this you will need a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. (which you should have anyways… please?) and the Ad-Block Plus Extension. It’s simple as far as implementation and will only take a minute after you’ve installed the extension.
Going into your Ad Block Plus settings by right clicking on icon will open a dialog.
Go to the custom filter list in the options panel and select, “Manually edit filters” and add the line:
Don’t forget to add the “||” as they act as a catch all for http://, https://, and www prefix, which saves you from making three or four rules for one blocking.
Bonus: Block Video Annotations
Adding the line above to your custom filters will hide annotations in all Youtube videos, even while logged out.