I joined Twitter, somewhat reluctantly, as I saw some elements of the IF community have been tweeting and I like to keep up with as much as possible. So, in that spirit, my Twitter is “Marshal_Winter”, or you can search my full name “Marshal Tenner Winter”. Please add me and I’ll add anyone with Twitter that’s interested!
You are right. I’ve avoided the major social networks so far. I fear the day I might have to join one of them in order to use a service that I need. I hate the fact that you have to be on Google+ in order to use YouTube now. I probably will have to use YouTube someday.
You have to have a Google account (feel free to dislike how they’re using the same login for GMail, search, Youtube, G+… - I find it convenient, but I do recognise the problems with it), but you don’t have to use the Google+ part of it (or GMail, or whatever) if you don’t want to.
And while Youtube is the most used site of its kind, there are alternatives. Vimeo isn’t (yet) owned by a huge corporation, is it?