Multiple Accounts, Single Signon, Google Plus, Help….
I have a friend who is struggling with how to synchronize his contacts on his iPhone. This friend is Joe Average with respect to technology. His life is technologically simple. One email account provided by the local ISP using Outlook, just discovering Facebook and the wonders of the Internet. So I thought a while before telling him that he might want to switch to Gmail. Yes, I supported my recommendation with the virtues of cloud services, protection, collaboration, etc. But what it really came down to was that Gmail would make it easier for him to manage his life with his beloved iPhone.
Well there are plenty of Joe’s out there just venturing into collaborative suites synchronizing on a couple of devices. But what about us nerds that have over subscribed. Multiple accounts trying to manage our public and private lives. Now faced with decisions about which iTunes account is my master or how do I manage Google Plus with my business Google accounts or my personal one. Isn’t single-signon great. Well sort of. Remember when it was all about the portal. Just a website that aggregated all of your favorite links managed by a search engine solution that only wanted to float a few advertisements by us. Today we don’t really care about URL’s any more. We can easily find whatever we want from auto-completion or a quick Google search. So why is it that the single-signon which we used to dream about is now causing the confusion.
Google Plus is the motivation for this post. I do believe that Google Plus has great potential but I have 3 major gmail accounts and now 2 of them are tied to Google Plus accounts and I’m not sure I can figure out how I want to manage them. How did it come to this?