Tuesday, February 16, 2010

more tasks for google.

I'm having trouble with the fact that it's been so difficult to transfer my default/main/head (whatever you want to call it) email address from one Google account to another. Shouldn't this be something that should be super simple? I guess it relates back to the problem that while you can send mail through outside SMTP sources for other mail accounts you cannot do so for your Google accounts. It will always indicate, "On behalf of." Which is silly. They're all from the same servers. Can't we just eliminate that notification? I'm not even sure what purpose it serves.

Regardless, in anticipation of Android-ifying my life, I've been trying to remigrate all of my other accounts to another Google account, so as to both have a fresh start and appear at least a bit more professional. But literally all of the Google services that I use were already set up with email address 1. Which isn't a bad thing, as long as I was willing to take the time to export all my calendar events and re-import them under email address 2. I was impressed with the option to do so, but, honestly, I'm surprised that there isn't some easier way to impose some sort of hierarchy on the various accounts. I know that I'm not the only one who uses multiple Google accounts, and the fact that they allow you to fetch mail and send mail as other accounts shows they know it, too. So why can't we have some kind of realization that all of these accounts are tied together and that people might want to change how they're organized every once in a while.

Bottom line: Google, if accounts are linked in a variety of ways, why not allow the users some kind of hierarchical ranking, wherein we get to designate the master account, but that account can change? Settings, profiles, etc. should (logically) change along with that account, with the option to change things on the Google Account homepage.

1 comment:

B said...

yay! Spam comments.

Mike, You need to keep telling yourself: I get all of this for free?

That's right!

Perhaps there is a market for creating a service to do the transfer for you more simply?