Recently Google locked me out of my Gmail account.
I tried to think of any rules I might have broken to cause Google to hate me, but couldn’t come up with anything good enough to compromise my account.
I tried to find help, but YOU KNOW HOW THAT GOES. Finding someone to talk to about why your email account isn’t working is pretty much impossible.
And then I panicked. WHAT IF I NEVER GET IT BACK! I’d lose everything…important emails, email addresses, my Google reader, access to my Google Docs, my editorial calendars…all of it gone.
I did what any panicky gmail user would do…I clicked over to YouTube to find a happy video. But guess what? Google owns YouTube…so my YouTube account and all my videos and even the ability to comment on OTHER videos was inaccessible.
No gmail = No YouTube.
So I did what any panicky gmail/YouTube user would do…I clicked over to comment on some of my favorite blogs. But guess what? Google owns Blogger. I no longer had access to my blogger id to leave a comment or any of my blogger blogs.
No Gmail = No YouTube = No Blogger.
And just like that I realized Google owns me.
I submitted my appeal as prompted by the error screen, but I had no idea how long that process was going to take. I google searched (irony much?) for answers to my problem and found some relief in the posts I read where this has happened and accounts were restored.
I was grateful that Google didn’t own Facebook, Twitter, my WordPress site and/or Flickr. All was not lost. I was high fiving myself for having the foresight to switch my blog to WordPress.
Recently I learned of Google’s plans to oust Google Friend Connect in an attempt to push Google+. Many people are upset about this because they fear they will lose readers who follow solely through Google Connect.
I’ll admit I’m extremely hesitant about promoting and growing a Google+ page. My Gmail account was restored (thank you Google I love you), but I don’t like that one “compromised” account means no access to any accounts within the Google network. Do I want to give them one more account to take away should the fancy strike?
I also don’t like that Google keeps encouraging us to build followings on things like Google Friend Connect and Google Buzz and then those things are eventually phased out.
Remind me why I want to put effort into Google+ again?
The moral of this story my friends…is that…Google trumps all. We’re pretty much all screwed.