What strange timing. In a comment on my Google Plus thoughts I mentioned that my Google Apps account was still stuck and could not be transitioned to the new Google service platform that allowed using that account on other services (such as Google Voice – which previously required a gmail account)
Minutes later, I checked, and my account was amazingly ready to be transitioned. My expectation was that I’d be able to merge accounts, address books, etc — but as you’ll see below — that wasn’t the case.
So for context how did this all happen.
- I started using Google Apps so I could run email on my own domain but with the awesome gmail interface
- Certain servies like Google Voice then required either a gmail account or a separate google account. I used my gmail account for a while and lived with multiple logins and two separate address books
- I then got a notice from Google that they were ready to “transition” Apps to the unified platform, but that my account was “conflicted” and that I was using the same email address on Apps and on other services. The thing was, that other email was simply my Apps email address. But alas, I (incorrectly in hindesight) switched my Google Account to a new address that was an alias of my main Google Apps account.
So for some reason I was not going to be able to transition the data from one to the other.
This was followed by the choice to create a new gmail account or use a non google email address:
I chose a non-google account for this, and that part went smoothly.
But now I’m a bit stuck.
- When I log in to Google Voice, it wants me to create a new account with a new phone #. I have to go back to using the account switcher to pull up my original account
- My Google contacts / address book is still split across two separarte accounts, which is a real pain when using Google Voice
- And now I have two Google Plus accounts — but people only seem to find me on the original gmail/google account one
- When I click on links from Google Apps gmail I’m often loading up the wrong Google account — for things like Calendar — not good.
So all in all — not great, but not much worse than what I had previously. My hope was that I could merge things a bit, and just have a single account for everything – especially with Google Voice.
Anyone else stuck in this world ? Any suggestions ?
Daniel Bachhumer has already chimed in to my tweet complaining about this ;) :
I'm completely stuck now between my gmail/google acct & google apps account for many services I use on Google – blog post coming soon ;)—
raanan bar-cohen (@raanan) July 06, 2011