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Many of us here at WebWorkerDaily seem to have a love-hate relationship with Google and its products. While we love the conveniences and features that allow us to be so productive, we also lament lost opportunities and frustrating limitations. For example, while Judi laments on the […]

Google AccountsMany of us here at WebWorkerDaily seem to have a love-hate relationship with Google and its products. While we love the conveniences and features that allow us to be so productive, we also lament lost opportunities and frustrating limitations.

For example, while Judi laments on the languishing Grand Central, I am sharing some of My New Favorite Gmail Features.

My current frustration is trying to manage multiple Google accounts and resources. I maintain a personal Gmail account along with a few domain accounts and I am finding it increasingly difficult and frustrating to manage them all.

I’ve found that I can consolidate all the email into a single inbox, which is nice, but there are tradeoffs. Event invitations I receive to my business email still show up on my personal calendar, documents aren’t universally available across accounts, and I would love to have the ability to be logged in to multiple gtalk accounts simultaneously.

I’d really like to take full advantage of the services offered by all of my Google and Google Domain accounts more seamlessly. I can already create a Google Profile, what would be outstanding is if I could link all of my Google accounts to it and get to everything in one place.

Am I missing something obvious?  I can’t be the only one struggling with this!

How do you manage your multiple Google accounts? Share your tips in the comments.

  1. Victor Vasconcelos Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    For the calendar, have you tried using label rules to forward, instead of the forward-all feature?
    Also, there is a Greasemonkey script that you can save your multiple logins and it shows a dropdown box on the top of Google’s most famous products and you can easily change accounts, without the need to logout and login again.

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  2. There’s a *fabulous* Greasemonkey script that saved my sanity:

    http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/16341

    It can be a wee buggy once in a while (esp. with Apps for Domains), but overall, it’s great…

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  3. I am asking the same questions as you. When you’re using a single GMail account, it works absolutely wonderfully. However when you’re working with two or more things get confusing.

    I too have a domain hosted by Google. #1 on my wish list is this. I have a sizable number of available accounts that I will never use. My domain is for my family and our family isn’t growing. I would love to be able to cash in some of those unused accounts for more storage. After all if I wanted to I could activate and use them and eat up that storage. But this brings me back to the problem you raise: how do I deal with multiple accounts?

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  4. I had the same problem and have recently started pointing all my mail to otherinbox.com . I found that as I needed an address or find a new way of organizing my emails/domains I can just create the associated account on the fly (example: this comment is set to go to webworkerdaily@(username)dot otherinbox.com) that way you can not only track the email addresses to a site, you can also track sites that may be giving out your email address to external marketers. I’ve found it an indispensable tool for managing all of my email.

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  5. two accounts – two browsers – safari and firefox – not the best idea but it works for me.

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  6. I use multiple browsers, I know that isn’t ideal, but I have to have them for Web Dev testing anyway.

    Firefox – my account
    Safari – my employers account
    Chrome – everything else, just log in and log out

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  7. I’m with Jake on the multiple browsers. Firefox for work gmail (handy because I can use Aardvark to trim fat out of email) and Chrome for all my personal stuff.

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  8. For multiple gtalk accounts, I’ve been using Meebo. Using Google Chrome I created a shortcut appwindow for Meebo.Com and I can log in to all of the accounts at once.

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  9. while it’s for the mail part only, i personally think mailplane simply wonderful

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