Google, who has the corporate motto “Don’t Be Evil” is being evil. Not big E evil, but the sort of petty evil that makes the world a worse place every single day.
Ever since they bought YouTube, they’ve been linking the two services more and more. So if you have a YouTube account, and any e-mail address registered with Google for any purpose, Google will oh so fucking helpfully offer to permanently, irrevocably link the two.
The problem with this annoyingly helpful approach is that some of us have multiple YouTube accounts. For instance, I have one for the music videos I shoot for my nieces and other high school music…and I have others for completely different stuff.
But damned evil Google decided, utterly without asking me, to link one of them to my Gmail account. So every single fucking time I log in to my Gmail account, it changes the login on YouTube!
I’ve been in the middle of writing a response to someone, log into my Gmail account…and LOSE THE ENTIRE RESPONSE!
All this would only be slightly annoying if I could unlink these two accounts that I never intended to link. But I can’t!
And to make it even more annoying, I’m being constantly harassed to link my various accounts. I’m worried that I might accidentally click on the honking huge “Yes, link my accounts” button, rather than the tiny “No, I don’t wish to” link.
Fuck you Google. I don’t want to link them! Not now, not ever! And damn it, let me fucking unlink the one you already fucking LINKED!
Anyway, I have seen their prompts to link these accounts together pretty regularly as I have gmail as my regular email account and use google and youtube pretty often and I just ignore them. Are you certain you didn’t accidentally allow this to happen?
I have Gmail and Yahoo accounts. I have YouTube accounts. I forget which one is set as an e-mail address from which, but the thing is I never intentionally linked one to the other. You have to supply an e-mail address to set up a YouTube account. Fine. But that is a damn sight different than wanting to “link” the fucking things, so that every time I log into my Gmail account it changes what YouTube account I am logging into as well!
I want the option to say “Fuck off! No, I never wish to link these two accounts and I want you to stop asking me!”
Most corporations are evil - it’s part of the cost of doing business. But few claim they actively avoid being evil. This is the sort of evil shit I expect from Yahoo, which makes no claim to not be evil. But Google?
Man, you had to have accidentally enabled this. I get where you’re coming from…I see it all the time. Are you sure you didn’t accidentally click “yes” when you meant to click “no”? I have ZERO problems with the exact combination of free services.
You have obvously never composed a long YouTube message to someone, logged into a Gmail account to check a bit of information, then found - because of this linking - that Google had logged you out of one YouTube account and logged you into another one, deleting the message, losing it forever.