Re: Linked to a Google Account and need help? Support options here!
Feb 26, 2011 4:26 AM
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Account set-up, sign-in, and configuration
I just went through every forum page concerning the topic of why our
youtube accounts must be linked to our google accounts (if existing, I
created this account only for the reason of this comment; not going to
use youtube anymore), and I noticed, that not a single of these posts
was ever answered; neither by youtube nor by google.
I I must say, I was a grand fan of youtube, and loved it, was happy bout everything, even the new layout, never had anything to complain about until now.
And I, and i gather many people to want to know: WHY DO WE HAVE TO LINK OUR YOUTUBE ACCOUNT TO A GOOGLE ACCOUNT?
I am going to post a collection of some of the comlaints (not naming users who posted them) given in this forum, and i ask everyone who wants to know why we are beeing forced to link the acounts/or to even create accounts to post something here, or to like this question, maybee if enough people do, google/youtube will react.
So here some of the complaints: "As you have now forced a link to gmail from youtube, the rest of my
family cannot access our youtube account unless they also sign into my
personal email account too. If for the sake of privacy (not a word
google understands) I log out of my email, no one else can use our
account to favourite things or rate videos.
Please fix this, so
that multiple accounts can run, or preferably as it was before, an
optional service. My partner used to "like" things so I could come back
and watch them after work - now she would have to write a list of urls.
Obviously this is ridiculous.
Is there a reason you felt it
necessary to force this on us when the linking was already having such
problems as an optional thing? I know you want to reap the data, why
claim it is for security? If my unlinked youtube account is comprimised
it would not have meant my email was too, however now linked if one
account is compromised then my personal email account will be at risk
Also I have a friend who uploads videos and has been the
recipient of false DMCA claims. He has pointed out to me that if his
accounts are linked and he gets another false DMCA he will not be able
to access his email to try to resolve the issue. How short sighted these
implementations seem. "
"I think at the very least we should have the option of choosing an email
address as to where YouTube sends any info. My Gmail account is not the
email I primarily use. I simply have it as a backup in case somebody
tries to send something and it won't be picked up by my regular email.
This forced linking is ridiculous and not only is there no way of opting
out, but there is also no possibility of adding another email address
and choosing which one should be the primary."
"On the side of those who don't want to be linked. There are many GROUP
youtube accounts. whether it be a family or a club, individuals within
those groups do not want to have to share their personal accounts. Sure
they can make a new one but that entails the hassle of creating a new
name or email but that means losing the original, intended (and many
times sentimental) username. Although this seems simple enough it's the
principle of it all. And as an entity that such strongly advocates the
protection of privacy, I'm sure that this is not hard to understand."
"This is rather a complaint then a question. I never wanted a google
account. I just wanted a youtube account. After having my account locked
because i refused to set up a google account, i was extremely extremely
infuriated. I cannot even stress how angry i am at this decision on
behalf of youtube and google. It should be a persons choice on whether
they want to have a google account, not yours. I repeat, it is not your
decision on whether i should have a google account. If possible, i would
like to have my google account removed immediately, and leave my
account be as it was before. I do not see any purpose whatsoever with
the linkage of a google account. What stressed me more was having to
link a google account, just to try and search for help on how to remove
it, and why it is necessary. I was happy without it, and i am absolutely
enraged with this decision to have to do this, because i dont want it. Please re-think this choice, because i dont have one."
"I do have a Google Account for Gmail and Google Documents. However, my
Google account is for what I would deem 'official' activities like
receiving billing statements and staying in contact with professional
contacts. For me, Youtube is a vehicle for entertainment and
occasionally educational/informational use, it has great utility but no
possible overlap with my business or financial affairs. I think having
the option to link a Youtube and a Google Account is a great
feature, but not having the option to keep a Youtube account separate
from a Google Account actually decreases the overall utility of both
services for me.
For example, logging into Youtube with my newly
linked (by ultimatum) account now seems to automatically log me into
every Google Account linked service under the account linked to my
Youtube account. This happened even though I was previously logged into
a different Google account to use Gmail. This is the sort of use case
that I would think should give developers some pause. What happens when
I click a Youtube link sent to me via gmail on a different Google
account than the one linked to my Youtube account? It seems I will be
switched to the other account in Gmail so that when I finish watching
the clip and go back to Gmail I'm not going to see the mail I was
looking at before but any mail that may have been sent to my alternate
"If this new method is supposed to be so "secure," why is my Google
password the most vulnerable password I have? I stinkin' ROCK at having
strong 6 character passwords, but my 8 letter passwords are real English
words that are just marginally stronger than the argument Google is
putting up for why FORCED account linking is a good
thing. Seriously, if you're going to force me to link the accounts, at
least let me keep the stronger password!
I am sorry to say that I cannot link my accounts as it actually makes me more vulnerable to hackage."
"I use my Google account ONLY for the calendar to manage my work
schedule, mainly. I use it for nothing else, and has no relation to my
YouTube accounts. Linking them together is clunky, and only complicates
matters. I have FOUR YouTube accounts. If I link them all to the same
Google account, how am I supposed to log into one instead of the other
three? Or do I have to create another three separate, purposeless
Google accounts? Explain that to me, please.
Even then, YouTube
is only pestering me about my original account which was registered
using a different email than my Google account. It doesn't pester me
about the account registered with the SAME email as the Google account.
If any two were to be linked, it would be them, but again, there is no
need to associate the two accounts. They have nothing to do with one
another, and I prefer keeping these things separate. I'm sick and tired
of having to register on every site I goto in order to just use the
site to its fullest potential. Now, I have to create another account to
use the account I already have?"