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Google Tests Multiple Account Login

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the yes-have-some dept.

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tekgoblin noted joyous rumors for anyone forced to use multiple Google accounts "Wouldn't it be great if you could log into all of your Google accounts at the same time if you have multiple? Well it seems that Google may be implementing a way to do this in the near future. Right now it can be done with scripts such as a Greasemonkey script, but that isn't as easy as Google doing it for us. The people over at Google Operating System have had users submit a screenshot of what looks like a beta test for multiple account login. It appears that it will be available for Calendar, Code, Docs, Gmail, Reader, and Sites for the test but surely it will be across all Google apps when it's released."

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FIRST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913456)

Fuck you google

Re:FIRST (1, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913724)

Please mod parent up. One of the primary reasons for having multiple email addresses in the first place is to compartmentalize your online activities. This isn't innovation, just a way for Google to add more granularity to their dbs.

Re:FIRST (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913970)

Please mod parent up. One of the primary reasons for having multiple email addresses in the first place is to compartmentalize your online activities. This isn't innovation, just a way for Google to add more granularity to their dbs.

This. I keep separate Google accounts for different purposes because I don't want activities from one part of my life into another. I have different reputations and almost different personalities in each: dealing with co-workers occasionally on a personal level and dealing with friends, always on a personal basis, are two different things, and I don't want group (a) to get into my Picasa photos, Calendar, and YouTube comments relating to group (b). So, I have different "personal" accounts that I give out to groups (a) and (b). Each of these is separate from a third account that I use with some friends who live abroad. I don't want any bleeding across of these groups, so I've even created separate Firefox profiles for each one.

Single-signon isn't what I'm looking for.

Re:FIRST (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914232)

Where have you seen anything that indicates this is what they're doing? Far as I can tell from the rather limited screenshot, it just allows you to switch between accounts without having to log in and out every time; I don't see any mention of single signon, or integration of accounts w/ each other.

Re:FIRST (4, Funny)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914348)

He did not see anything like that. He was just typing random shit into his browser window then clicking on buttons.

Many people on the internet do this all the time. Sites like /., reddit, all the chans, and youtube make much more sense once you realize this.

Re:FIRST (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914530)

I can actually see a use for myself. I don't see what the big blow up is. I run my own personal dyndns domain, have the mail hosted on google... why should I have to log in to 4 accounts to check my personal email?

Having a hissyfit because features are being added that benefit others but not yourself just makes you look like a dickhead.

OCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915094)

I don't want any bleeding across of these groups, so I've even created separate Firefox profiles for each one.

If that's not a sign of OCD, my name is Cowboy Neal.

Re:FIRST (2, Informative)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914042)

What. Did anyone say Google was forcing you to use this feature? Just because I might want to compartmentalize my emails doesn't mean I want to have to log out and log back in every time.

Re:FIRST (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914140)

What. Did anyone say Google was forcing you to use this feature?

They did last week, when my youtube account was unusable until I'd paired it with a Gmail account, so I wouldn't exactly hold my breath on this one just yet.

Just because I might want to compartmentalize my emails doesn't mean I want to have to log out and log back in every time.

Actually, that's exactly what this means. Security takes effort.

Re:FIRST (2, Insightful)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914184)

First, linking YouTube and Google accounts probably has nothing to do with this specifically, rather, getting rid of the seperate login database for YouTube.
Second, that's not what I meant. I am looking forward to this feature. You are not me, and if you want security, don't link your Google accounts together, end of story.

Re:FIRST (1)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914892)

better yet, if you're so concerned, you could always register a domain and run your own mail server.

Re:FIRST (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915026)

Don't reply to me, reply to the GP. I do run my own mailserver.

Re:FIRST (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916014)

Hey, don't reply to me either, I run my own domains too and use Gmail. Sheesh!

Re:FIRST (1)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916984)

i don't know why i think this reply should go way down here, but sure. i was simply stating that if you're worried about the info resultant from google knowing what accounts belong to whom, you're probably best-off not using their service at all, since....c'mon, it's google, and they already know.

btw, i have multiple gmail accts *and* email from my own domains. i just don't care if they know, but i can see why some ppl would.

Re:FIRST (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 3 years ago | (#32917966)

c'mon, it's google, and they already know.

True, and something I'm considering right now as I mull over whether or not to can a couple of my gmail accounts for good.

Even so, that data's technically harder for Google to prove. Start linking all your accounts together and you've done the work for them. In other words, if they're really desperate to profile me, they can do the work, not me.

Re:FIRST (1)

Bake (2609) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916040)

...or you could just have Google run the mail server for you with Google Apps? :-)

Re:FIRST (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915214)

Nothing 'requires' a Gmail account... Gmail is an individual service that can be dropped. You probably signed up for a Gmail account, which automatically registered a Google account. This is where you sign up for just a Google account: here [google.com]. And I'm halfway sure it can be linked to any email address (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).

Re:FIRST (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914952)

Well, a few weeks ago I found it was impossible to READ Google Groups Usenet interface unless I was logged in -- previously I could browse without being logged in and only needed to sign on if I wanted to post. So now because I've done that Google's search knows who I am too -- now my file lists all the Usenet messages I've read as well as all the searches I've made. Privacy? Get over it is the message.

Re:FIRST (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915052)

Why are people trying to tell me this? Tell GP. I already expect no privacy from Google. I use all their stuff to improve their service towards me.

Re:FIRST (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914852)

GEORGE: Ah you have no idea of the magnitude of this thing. If she is allowed to infiltrate this world, then George Costanza as you know him, Ceases to Exist! You see, right now, I have Relationship George, but there is also Independent George. That's the George you know, the George you grew up with -- Movie George, Coffee shop George, Liar George, Bawdy George.

JERRY: I, I love that George.

GEORGE: Me Too! And he's Dying Jerry! If Relationship George walks through this door, he will Kill Independent George! A George, divided against itself, Cannot Stand!

Finally!!! (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913476)

I've really been waiting for this!!! the script solution is kind-of buggy... Please release this for Google Apps fast!

TIA :-)

Re:Finally!!! (3, Informative)

netsharc (195805) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914082)

Several alternatives are there:
1. Use different browsers: Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari
2. Use different Firefox profiles ( http://lifehacker.com/231646/geek-to-live--manage-multiple-firefox-profiles [lifehacker.com] )
3. Use the "private browsing" mode in browsers that provide them

Re:Finally!!! (2, Insightful)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914318)

The problem is: those (good) solutions will not work for business situations where people just need to get work done, but have no clue about computers and browsers... At one of my jobs there are multiple secretaries working on different days, and they need access to each others and some general email addresses all hosted on Google Apps... Until now there was no good non-technical solution (aliases and mailing lists also were no option since you get mail double, and you can't see which has been answered by the other). With this new feature they can sign in to multiple mailboxes from one single browser, and answer and process all incoming mail with more ease.

Re:Finally!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914958)

Why not use Thunderbird and get all your accounts through IMAP?

Get all pwned at the same time too? (4, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913486)

Get all accounts pwned at the same time too?

Re:Get all pwned at the same time too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914050)

Get all accounts pwned at the same time too?

True that! With that if one account is compromised, it makes it very easy to get all of them compromised.

I have multiple google accounts and its not that hard to set it up in such a way to basically log in with one username & password and receive mail from all other google accounts.
What it does take is a bit of time to set it up (Setting up Accounts & Imports and Forwarding).

It would be nice to have a more strong link between google accounts rather than a weak one provided through gmail, that way you can have all the google tools and functions for all of your accounts with one login.

Re:Get all pwned at the same time too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914174)

***Corretion: basically log in with one username & password; send (from the same address the message was sent to) and receive mail from all other google accounts

Not for me (4, Informative)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913506)

Wouldn't it be great if you could log into all of your Google accounts at the same time if you have multiple?

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

I mean, don't get me wrong, I have lots of email addresses, but I be sure to spread them around. Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo are the ones I check frequently.

I wouldn't want to put all my eggs in one basket, you know?

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913632)

the many many people who have a personal Gmail account and an Apps work account? You just said you have "lots of email addresses" and then list the only 3 well known free sources. People with more than 3 emails may have to double up.

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913644)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

Your own private account, your Google Apps work account, your tennis club Apps account etc...

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914820)

your web trolling account...

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913654)

I have a work safe google account that I use for real world contacts and a gaming/internet only account.

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913674)

I have my personal gmail account (thats 1), my own website hosts email through google (thats 2), and my employer also does email through google (thats 3).

As a result, I currently have the latter two accounts set up to forward everything to my personal account. Works quite well, but I find it annoying that I dont have access to shared contacts in my company from my primary (personal) account.

Re:Not for me (5, Interesting)

telekon (185072) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913708)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

I have multiple google accounts, one for personal, one for business, one for activism. Even just pertaining to Gmail, it's useful, because let's face it, the Gmail filter/label system is useful, but it's no procmail. This would be great, especially since I've just out of habit tended to use one account more than the others, so most of my contacts have that listed as my google talk address, plus that's the account Google Voice is tied to, so when I log out to check my Gmail or Docs in another account, I'm logged out of Voice, Docs, Talk, etc.... So, yeah, multiple log-ins would be SWEET!

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915300)

I have 3 @gmail.com addresses. I have the 2 secondary ones forward all mail to the primary account. On the primary account I went to settings - accounts/import (or whatever it is called, can't be arsed to go check it out right now) and added two new "send mail as" with the addresses of the secondary accounts. Elsewhere I checked the box that said something to the effect of "reply with the address the mail was sent to". After that I created rules/labels for the incoming mail from other accounts and made sure they were the first two labels visible on the left pane and voila, I was golden. Now mail from account 2 appears with a red label on my inbox, and mail from account 3 with a yellow one, very easy to visually identify. Besides, I can just click on one of the labels on the left pane and view just the "inbox" for that account. I manage all 3 accounts from a single one, easy peasy.

Re:Not for me (3, Interesting)

TechnoFrood (1292478) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913740)

I have a personal account and a work account.

The work account is mostly used for Analytics, but I do occasionally use docs (mostly for collaborative work on a spreadsheet).

I prefer to keep the two separate, one reason being I don't want coworkers/bosses having my home email address(es).

Re:Not for me (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913894)

My wife uses one account for her political career and one account for personal email.

I have one Gmail account for personal email, and one for the Omaha Nighthawks Fan Club. I could tell people to email me at my address for the fan club, but it makes more sense to keep those emails in a seperate account that I could hand over to someone else in the future.

I'd like to be able to check both email accounts easily and quickly.

Re:Not for me (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913928)

I'm using yahoo email for forums, web, ... registration.

But yahoo.com sucks so much I'll drop it as soon as gmail enables a quick way to use multiple accounts.

I'd also like to forward all my working emails to a second gmail account.

Re:Not for me (1)

jgerry (14280) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914004)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

I have three personal accounts: one for normal use, one for craigslist postings, and one for my music business. I will also have one work account in the next month as we're moving all our email / contacts / calendaring to Google Apps.

I'd like to be able to stay logged into at least two at a time. I imagine plenty of other people would find use for this feature as well.

Re:Not for me (1)

Sancho (17056) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914016)

A few schools have outsourced their e-mail to Google. Many of those students came in with a Gmail account already, and some people may not want to redirect mail.

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914054)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

Lots of people, and for lots of different reasons.

I keep one which is tied to my name, and is used for certain kinds of personal correspondence. I keep another which is a a pseudonym I use when I don't want my actual name associated with something, or for product registrations where I suspect I'm going to get annoying spam. It allows me to keep things compartmentalized.

I can't believe you'd be asking why someone would have multiple email accounts, google or otherwise. Between work, personal, ISP related, domain admin and various other things ... heck, I've had at least two email addresses for damned near 20 years.

Re:Not for me (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914240)

"Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?"

Cheap pricks who don't want to pay for multi-gig Picasa accounts?

Or use gmail to do their backups?

Google hosted services (1)

DrYak (748999) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914368)

Google offers to host business mails, etc. on its own batch of Google Apps.

Business have out-sourced their employee's mails & calendars to Google,
Schools have out-sourced their students data to Google
Service providers do that for mail and contacts too (My mobile phone does it).

So people can end up having several different accounts on Google and wish to have a way to connect to all of them at the same time.

I would be grateful if I could use my GMail contacts list (that I've been using for years) with my Mobile phone company free SMS sender (that was recently remade as a iGoogle widget on their own Google-outsourced portal).

Re:Not for me (1)

MrMarket (983874) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914438)

I would like this for google analytics. I have a GA account at work that is different from my personal e-mail account.

Re:Not for me (1)

SupRspi (1165065) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914782)

I have about 5 gmail addresses that I check regularly. They're not really gmail though, they're actually just imap forwarders set up so that I can check them in gmail more conveniently than the webmail provided by my different web hosts - if I lost gmail I'd only lose some organization and convenience, the email is still back at the original host.

Re:Not for me (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914870)

I have two google accounts with the same email address. Specifically google docs...

I'll give you a moment to think about how that could have happened...

Give up?

The answer is that the email address is for a domain that uses google-apps for email and google docs, but didn't always have docs enabled. I already had a google account (for google docs) open with that email, so I now have one account in actual google docs and one in google apps docs for that domain.

As proof, if I click on the "documents" link inside the google docs email interface I get a page asking which docs account I want to go to [dynamicarcade.co.uk] (sorry, I blanked the actual email address).

This kind of problem seems to follow me around, because at one point I had yahoo, msn and google messenger accounts all with the same (BT) email address, which caused a lot of fun when the yahoo and msn networks were joined and I started losing messages because they'd go to the wrong messenger network.

Re:Not for me (1)

he-sk (103163) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914936)

I have one GMail account for each website that requires registration and which I use regularly (E-Bay, Amazon, stuff like that). Makes it easy to figure out which sites sell my data to spammers.

I have another GMail account for websites that I do not use regularly or where I don't care if they sell my data.

Re:Not for me (1)

speculatrix (678524) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915212)

have you discovered the "+" tag for email, so you can have, say, example+slashdot@gmail, example+reddit@gmail and it all goes to the same example@gmail mailbox and you can then tag automatically.

Re:Not for me (1)

PsychicX (866028) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915246)

I have a Google account and a Google Apps account. The extent to which these two work varies, with Google Docs failing miserably about a third of the time. It gets supremely confused by this and invariably tries to access Apps with my public Google account.

Re:Not for me (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915274)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

Some of us here are... *gasp!* married!

I know... I know... it's gotta be a trick or something. Impossible!!

Re:Not for me (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915420)

Well I have my full name as an account, as well as hardcore_tentacle_fun_time for all my online gaming needs. I don't think this is for me though. Last thing I want is to get those mixed up. That would be one awkward email to mom.

Re:Not for me (1)

fredjh (1602699) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915468)

On my own personal domain, I have my personal account, an account I use for shopping, registrations, and several specifically for shopping that I use a lot (although I'm phasing these out in favor of just shopping), like Newegg and Amazon... so really, I'd have my personal account, a shopping account, and a registration account. I only use gmail for personal email, I'd like to use it for everything.

Re:Not for me (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915626)

I have had a personal Google account for years and now the University where I work is switching to Google for mail, calendars, etc. and I want to keep the two accounts separate.

Re:Not for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915878)

I do use 3 bussines accounts using google Apps and one personal

Re:Not for me (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916974)

I have multiple accounts because I use google mail for my various domains/websites. It's annoying because I have to check 4 different mailboxes all the time.

Re:Not for me (1)

lwsimon (724555) | more than 3 years ago | (#32917546)

I have a personal account, and old personal account that I can't get rid of b/c i have Analytics and Adwords tied to it, and an account for each of the Apps domains that I administer. That's 6 Google accounts right now.

Re:Not for me (1)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 3 years ago | (#32918054)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

For those of us that are paying for Google Apps Premier to use more space, it turns out that my Google Apps Premier login won't work for Blogger, Google Reader, and a few other Google services (and I have to use a normal free google/gmail account instead, and therefore logout from my primary account).

And don't get me started on trying to press the 'Add to Google Calendar' from some web applications. That button takes me to the plain vanilla Google Calendar, and by the time, google reroutes me to my Google Apps Premier calendar which uses my own custom domain, it loses the url arguments -- losing the calendar item that I was wanting to save in the first place. And it's not like this is a difficult problem to fix. Google fixed that problem six months ago, it even made some headway on some other Google Apps Premier integration issues, but that specific Google Calendar problem has come back recently (and yes, I have several plain vanilla Google Calendars go into my Google Apps Premier Calendar as a workaround, but using that workaround severely limits the functionality and the extra convenience that I get when I have those buttons working correctly in the first place).

Re:Not for me (1)

jschottm (317343) | more than 3 years ago | (#32918286)

I suspect a good portion of this is to support the millions of iPads (and the Android tablets that are soon to follow en mass) that are now out there that do not support multiple user accounts but are used by multiple people in the same household.

Re:Not for me (1)

Tsiangkun (746511) | more than 3 years ago | (#32918318)

I have several websites using google apps, each domain name comes with its own accounts. I didn't RTFA, so I don't even know if this comment is applicable to the topic.

Only sensible (5, Insightful)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913646)

Being able to link all your accounts to one person (you) is fully in the interest of Google.

Keeping them separate? (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913774)

I see no reason for my news reading to be linked to my Youtube account and then linked to my Gmail account and my browsing habits - I'd rather keep them separate, thank you.
Google keeps asking if I'd like to link them, and I want a "No, and don't ask me again" button to check.

Re:Keeping them separate? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914080)

Google keeps asking if I'd like to link them, and I want a "No, and don't ask me again" button to check.

but if you link your accounts you 'd only have to check that button once!

Re:Only sensible (3, Informative)

Pollardito (781263) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913800)

They already can do a good job of that by monitoring cookies (i.e. they see the cookie from the previous account you were logged into when you login as the other), and they could probably get close with only IP and User-Agent [eff.org]. Ok, so that wouldn't differentiate two people sharing the same PC but with separate accounts (like husband/wife or siblings), but it would narrow it down that far.

Re:Only sensible (1)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915272)

that wouldn't differentiate two people sharing the same PC

I've got a fair number of shared machines behind my NAT, each with identical user agents and IP addresses. The whole cookie thing is more likely, because from agents and IP's, I would appear as one highly mobile individual with a lot of personas ;)

With respect to seeing leftover cookies on web browsers when using a shared PC, it really, really saddens me that people just don't understand that I like my web browser the way it is, and I highly dislike having to log out of your shit and back into my own when I sit down at my desk. I created a "Guest" account many years ago (albeit a machine admin, just a settings thing, not a security one) for my friends and family to use when they wanted to use my computer, but rather than doing so they'd simply sit at my desk and start messing with all my shit, especially in the web browser. To this day, when I occasionally do work on shared computers that are used in a home setting (shared computers in a non-domain setting are actually worse, IMHO), I find it's about 50/50 right now as to seeing a machine with single or multiple OS logon accounts.

Due to these experiences though, if I'm not at my computer, it's locked, asleep, or off. I've got 7 fully working, identical guest machines and a workbench area that doubles as a laptop setup station, and the ironic thing is that I still hear a complaint every now and then that someone can't use my computer. Oh well :-D

Re:Only sensible (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32915520)

That's why I have multiple "firefox -P profileofchoice -no-remote" shortcuts on my launch bar. I just login to one account from a given persona... I actually have it set to remember the login. No switching.

Re:Only sensible (1)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914950)

i have two gmail accounts that i check regularly (meaning at least a couple times a day per account). i don't imagine google has had any trouble determining that they belong to the same user, what with the way i logout from one and into the next from the same location(s) multiple times per day.

Re:Only sensible (1)

pisces22 (819606) | more than 3 years ago | (#32918038)

In many cases, they already have this link. I'm sure I'm not the only one that is syncing multiple Google accounts on their Android-based phone.

hang on if i recall (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913648)

we started doing this 3 weeks ago when youtube began offering synchro for gmail accounts.

Merge accounts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913686)

Even better, why don't they let you merge accounts? It's a pain having separate accounts for different applications. (I can't remember how I got into this mess!)

Re:Merge accounts? (1)

dwinks616 (1536791) | more than 3 years ago | (#32917258)

Yes, I have Google Voice, Picasa and a few other things all set up on my gmail account and everything else on my google for domains. I'd love a way to move voice and picasa to the google apps account.

One step closer.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913736)

To my dream of simultaneously logging into a googol Google accounts.

Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913786)

Hotmail has had this for years. Very convenient. I'm frankly disappointed at Slashdot Editors for thinking this tiny feature is news.

Re:Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (2, Insightful)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914108)

And when Hotmail offers more than 10MB in attachments (I'm guessing 2012-2013) and Drag-and-Drop attachment functionality, it will also make news, despite Google having had the features "for years". A greater proportion of geeks use Gmail over Hotmail, and a lot of geeks (see the above posts) have more than one Gmail address (to keep parts of our digital lives separate). Just because this doesn't affect you, doesn't mean it's not relevant news for the rest of us, Mr. Ballmer.

Re:Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (1)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914398)

Well, when iPhone users got a kind-of Copy/paste, it was news, right? Even though Windows Mobile phones have had it for years.

Re:Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914800)

That was news BECAUSE Windows Mobile (and PalmOS and Symbian) had copy/paste for years.

Re:Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914988)

What? It was important because the iPhone was popular, unlike Windows Mobile. Ditto for Gmail. The only people who use Hotmail today are the AOL remnants of society.

Re:Yikes - this makes news on Slashdot? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915158)

Any time that Steve changes his mind about what ought to be allowable on his devices, it makes news here. Haven't you been paying attention?

not even my desktop can do that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913788)

....looks like this still isn't the year of the linux desktop :'-(

Incognito mode works for me... (3, Interesting)

Kernel Corndog (155153) | more than 3 years ago | (#32913838)

I have two accounts: 1 personal, 1 business -- I just launch an incognito mode window in Chromium and everything has worked fine so far. Definitely a reason I love the Chromium-style ease of incognito mode windows versus Firefox's either-or style.

Re:Incognito mode works for me... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914048)

Interestingly, this is one of the main reasons I found myself using Chrome at home. My wife loves to leave her GMail logged in. Before, in Firefox, I would launch chrome just to check my own email. Not a hassle, by any means. But, my wife just uses whatever browser is there in front of her... so, then when she was logged in on Chrome I started launching incognito mode to check mine. *So* much better than private mode in Firefox because you can have both "modes" open at the same time (and then you don't have to wait for FF to reload every freaking page again when it comes out of private mode)

There used to be a time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913868)

... where Chrome itself allowed you to do this across any website.

Chrome used to have an Alternative User Account system that seems to be nuked from the current versions, unless it has been hidden behind YET ANOTHER FLAG. (seriously Chromium devs, make a god damn about:config page!)
This feature was incredibly useful for signing in to multiple accounts that can't be emulated with Incognito mode.
Personal example being Public account for any old crap, private account for friends, and business account for banking, shopping, etc.

I was really happy that someone else out there decided that it wasn't stupid to have multiple accounts with web browsers and actually have visible options for it, unlike SOME browser developers i won't mention...
But apparently it isn't important to web browsing, apparently it conflicts with Google Simple Is Best philosophy... bullshit, complete bullshit.
Simple is NOT best, simple DESIGN is best. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having complex settings hidden away from users (about:config, hey hey?), but Chromium takes it even further and forces you in to making a huge mess of flags in shortcuts...

Thunderbird already does this for email (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913906)

n/t

Wouldn't it be better to just up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32913954)

The account limits to infinity and beyond so that I don't have to Buzz around from account to account to avoid current silly ceiling limits.

Splitting accounts is a good idea (2, Insightful)

Cato (8296) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914110)

Google sometimes 'locks down' your account for up to 24 hours, due to various criteria that aren't very well specified - e.g. http://www.google.co.uk/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=7226841f0bdafc8d&hl=en [google.co.uk] - hence it's a good idea not to have all your eggs in one basket.

It has also been known for Google to disable accounts - http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-has-disabled-my-gmail-account/7871/ [searchenginejournal.com] - for no clear reason. Of course, if you pay for Google Apps premier edition, you do get a support phone line for this sort of thing.

dude (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32914120)

I have approx 3 google accounts, 2 google apps accounts, many client google apps accounts & i have a few scattered legacy youtube accounts etc.

I guess it would be nice to be able to switch easily but I'm not sure how they are going to do it elegantly.

Right now the best option is to use IMAP and bypass the complete web interface.

Must be why it's currently broken (1)

randomblast (730328) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914268)

This must be why I have to log in again every time I load the page.

I have been after this feature for a while though, nice to see it arriving.

Maybe... (2, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#32914560)

Maybe the reason why I own multiple accounts is that I don't want them connected, either for security or privacy reasons.

So yeah, I'll pass on this.

Unlinking them will always be an option (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916012)

There will be no encouragement to force you to link them, because places like my university, that uses Google Apps, will definitely want to control authentication to our stuff, and let you do whatever you want with your own.

There's already a useful page with radio buttons, when Apps get confused about what you are trying to connect to, it pops this page up and asks which account you are trying to connect with.

Re:Maybe... (1)

15973 (861573) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916588)

You're not the only person who thinks that way. I made the mistake of creating a YouTube account for someone (else) while I was logged into my Gmail, and it automatically (without prompting or warning) linked the two accounts (do a search for "unlink google and youtube accounts" for horror stories). If you do that nowadays, you can't "unlink" the accounts in any way. All you can do is delete an account and recreate it. Of course, once a Google username is taken, it can NEVER be used again, because you don't "delete" accounts with Google, you just "inactivate" them, which makes them permanently unusable. My only complaint is that we're not given the choice when we create new accounts. If we had that, it wouldn't be a big deal, but this is like the Buzz fiasco. Hopefully Google learn quickly this time, too.

Windows Live implemented this long time ago (1)

GraphiteCube (1437703) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915236)

I have 2 active Windows Live accounts, one for school and one for personal use. I can switch between accounts simply by clicking the username on top-right corner.
To me Google just *learned* something nice from competitors.

increase of existing functionality (1)

MorbidBBQ (1453553) | more than 3 years ago | (#32915368)

You can already link you gmail accounts (forwarding) and calendars (sharing). It seems like google is just looking to make it easier for everything else as well. The biggest difference I see is linking different groups of contacts. It will be easy enough to differentiate based on tagging.

Yes, please! (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 3 years ago | (#32916718)

I've got Blogger blogs with various identities, and the comment moderation messages all forward my main gmail account, but I have to log out and log in as another identity (or do it with a different browser) to approve/reject the comment.

Simultaneous multiple login would make this much easier.

- RG>

What about google apps accounts? (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 3 years ago | (#32918296)

What I want to do the most is tie my free google account closer to my google app account. Why would I want multiple normal google accounts? But I, like many started off with a normal one and then opened a google apps account and realised there is not good easy way to check both in one place.

Even now, I made the "mistake" of opening an app engine account with my normal google account. I'm starting to polish off my site and want to use a domain name. So I went to the control panel, click the appropriate button and it tells me to open a google apps account. Yes I can remove app engine fro my normal account and open one for my google apps account but why should I have to?
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