I just had to deal with this a few days ago. I use Google Picasa which is an extremely convenient photo-editing and online sharing utility. To my great surprise they converted all of my Picasa images to the photo section on a Google+ account and then added my YouTube videos as well. After much research and hassle I figured out the convoluted process to un-Google+ all my stuff, but it was a pain in the neck and I had to figure out how to do it on my own (with the help of a tech blogger article I found.)
I was thinking of setting up a Google+ account recently but not anymore. I refuse to be “herded” into anything like some clueless sheep.
holy cow!!! I am going to take a look at what google+ (have not signed up) wants to do with me via my gmail account