First, my apologies to everyone who commented on Fixing the Google Account Problem. For some reason WordPress stopped notifying me about comment approval (I’m using Akismet but I still find the majority of comments that get through it are spam, so I moderate comments). So I just logged in and found a bunch of great comments, including several that I replied to.
Three clear themes emerge from these:
- The problem is even worse if Google Apps is involved. Apparently there isn’t a solution to merging a Google account and a Google Apps account yet (which frightens me because I’m about to need to set up my first Google Apps account).
- Using email addresses as primary account identifiers is problematic, period.
- Internet identity managment, especially at scale, is hard. A lot harder than it looks.
I’m told the good folks at Google have been discussing this. Please feel free to add more suggestions about exactly what you think they should do.