… “conflicting accounts” in Google Apps/Youtube/AdSense etc…

by Stephen Hobley on July 20, 2011

I don’t normally write about this kind of thing – but what an “absolute bl**dy nightmare” Google’s recent account updates have been.

I have a Google Apps account for my domain, so that I can use the Gmail style interface to read my email – this all worked fine for a long time, then Google started to insist that I “linked” all my other GoogleGoodness(tm) (think Youtube, Picassa, Analytics, AdSense etc…) to my account with Google Apps. So being a good Googledrone(tm) I complied and linked them all.

So earlier this month I get a message from the GoogleCentralCommand(tm) that in my eagerness to comply with Google’s every whim, I have unwittingly created a “conflicting accounts” scenario. That is anything outside of Google Apps (Documents, Calender etc…) is actually linked to a cloned account in the Google personal webspace (are you still with me on this?)

Fortunately Google provided two ways I could make amends for my flagrant transgression –

1. Migrate all my external application data to my (now) central Google Apps Account

2. Create a new account (new name) in the Google personal accounts space and link all my external apps to that.

I actually favo[u]red (1), but it seems that all my external account access has somehow been blocked by the stephenhobley.com admin (Hmmm… who is that??) Furthermore, two of the terms you need to agree with state “This account data will be *removed* from your old account” and “This step cannot be undone”


So I ended up taking option (2) and relinked all my “other” Googlestuff(tm) to a new account that exists in the personal domain. This seems to be less destructive of the two – but it still took two goes to create the new account, and two text messages to my cell phone to confirm it. 🙁

The only downside is that I now have to access my email on one browser, and Youtube on another browser, as you cannot be logged in to two GoogleAccounts(tm) at the same time.

So NOW, all I have to do is go through and re-authorize/activate/enable all the other lousy “social” linkages that follow me around the web like an over-affectionate puppy.

Bah! Humbug!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

TM July 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Lesson learned: Do not use your personal account for domain/app level stuff. Use a special domain email. You can always forward the email to the personal account if you want.

Stephen Hobley July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm


Ironically this is the kind of advice I give out to others. 🙂

Amazing how gullible I can be when things creep up ever-so-slowly…

Jelle July 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

True, this is bloody annoying. Until a few months ago one could open two gmail accounts at the same time. Now that I can’t, I’ve moved to using a dedicated email program again, which does not show (google’s lifeblood) ads. Someone there must realize they are cutting themselves pretty deep.

Dom July 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

I am an avowed amateur when it comes to google….no matter how much I learn, it seems. Am absolutely screwed at the moment as have analytics and webmaster tools etc and am getting the conflicting accounts story. I really am getting confused and am so wary of doing anything concerning analytics as we have lost everything in the past. Even without doing anything I can see that some of the data is no longer there. It seems these days I have to spend more and more time learning what google wants me to learn about it, and less and less time being productive. I’m afraid I reverted to petty name calling on fb now – just to keep my blood pressure down. I know it is relatively free and I should be appreciative – but the cost of GoogleFree is now getting to be unviable!!

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