Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Google Mess

Since forever (and remember that forever isn't all that long in electronic terms) I've had two Gmail accounts. I've managed them fairly well, but recently (maybe when Google+ came along? Or was it when I had to pay for extra storage in both accounts?) I decided I was tired of having two accounts and I'd try to merge them.

Ugh--not so easy, and actually not even totally possible.

Here is what I have done and what I have learned:

  • I still have both accounts and don't actually plan to delete either
  • I'm making my linda.simons account my primary account
  • A Gmail account and a Google account are NOT the same thing. I suppose that is obvious to all you geeks out there, and I learned this quite some time ago, but I think when I signed up for Gmail I thought my Gmail account WAS my Google account.
  • I fairly easily moved a couple things from my unwanted to my new one: Contacts and Reader subscriptions.
  • I'm having a heck of a time moving my million emails from one account to another, although I did find a way to do it. Unfortunately for a compulsive sorter like me, I lost the labels when the emails moved.
  • Google Docs are not able to be moved; you just have to share from old to new. Messy, but workable.
  • Picasa Web Albums seem to be somewhat messed up, and I"m not sure what to do. I have learned that you must SPECIFICALLY log in to Web Albums to make the profile look right.
  • I never did understand the Google page about Multiple Sign In. :-( I think Google themselves got mixed up with acquiring so many applications from other people in a less-than-principled way. They don't all work seamlessly.
  • I don't want to have two Google+ accounts, so I deleted my circles in my unwanted account and kept them in my linda.simons account. I hope nobody got mad for being deleted!
  • And lastlly, this blog cannot come from my linda.simons account.


tank said...

Not if you log in to blogger, go to settings, permissions, and then add authors? But you'd have to make another blogger account with the other email address, I guess.

Thainamu said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to give that a try.