We all know by now that Google is pushing their social networking service Google+ like crazy. The most recent change had posts from Google+ appear in the Google search results for logged in users, which many did not like very much.
When you now try to create a new Google account you will notice that the standard sign up form has now been extended to automatically create a Google Mail and Google+ account for the new user. That’s a problem if you do not really want to use those services, and a way for Google to artificially increase the user count of those services.
While it is possible to delete those accounts right after you have finished the sign up process, it feels kinda redundant to do that. There are two options for you to create a new Google account without Google+ or Gmail right out of the box.
You can first use the old sign up form for as long as it is still available online. It is likely that it will be pulled by big G in the near future though which leaves you with the following option.
You can head over to other Google properties, Google Docs for instance and use the sign up form there. It may come as a surprise, but Google uses different sign up forms on many of its properties which some may see as a usability issue.
For us though, it is one of the few options to escape the fangs and start an account with just the services that we would and not Google would like us to use.
Google will eventually catch up here as well and close down that last option as well. When that is the case, you are left with the option of deleting the services once you have created your account, or signing up at another provider who does not force services on you that you have no intention of using. (via Google System)