Do you think Google accounts are complicated? You have no idea

Part of the problem with web services that associate too many services with a single login is that you will inevitably run into a problem when something just doesn’t work. And when I say. does not work.

The three web service providers that have the most ridiculously complex account settings are Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google, with Google above and above the worst.

Before I explain why Google is worse, here are some notes about Yahoo! and Microsoft accounts:


If you want to change the settings using Yahoo! account, a place to go http://account Fortunately, Yahoo! simplified my account settings to do this. mostly.

The only unpleasant part is that with Y! The system is so huge that there is no real way to make account settings user-friendly. It’s a big web page with lots of links to lots of things that take a lot of time to learn.


For Microsoft a.k.a. The ‘Windows Live’ account settings located at , The first page you get to after logging in is the Account Summary. It looks simple and easy until you click. Windows Live settings. . Other options.

It will literally take you 30 minutes to an hour to sort out your Microsoft account settings, and it’s all just ridiculous. Make some coffee. Preferably a whole pot, because you will need it.


Here we face the worst of the worst. Yahoo! fills you with shit. Microsoft fills you with twice as much shit as Y! does. As for Google? Oh, man…

There are thousands of messages in the Google Help system from evil users who have had parts of their Google accounts damaged. Yes,. sites.

The Google account system is so complex that this guy had to write a huge blog article about it just to explain how a Google account actually works. After you finish reading this, you’ll be thinking, ‘OK, what did I just read, and why does a Google account have to be so complicated?’

If you go to Google Dashboard and try to manage your account, yes, good luck with that. This is the most ridiculously long account settings page of all the web services you’ve ever seen.

On top of that, things in Dashboard are completely broken. In my Google account, I saw the option ‘Delete Google Buzz’. Yes, I wanted to do it because I don’t use it. Here’s what happens when you click this:

Hmm okay Google tells me that I want to delete the Buzz account, but I don’t have it yet, but the option to delete a non-existent Buzz account still exists, and um yes my brain doesn’t calculate this one.. OHSREVITI SMONSFUSED..

Here’s another one:

Obviously I pressed the button 1 7 times, but damn if I remember where. Will Google tell me I’m 1? Of course not. Somewhere out there in cyberspace, I have 1 that I can’t administer, delete, or change. Thank you, Google!


If there is ‘nothing interesting’ here, why is this setting even here?

I swear you can’t make this up.

Is there a solution to this Google nightmare?

Yes, there is a Data Release where you can access what you wanted, primarily using your Google account.

Google engineers had to work independently to create a DL so that users could better manage their data. It’s pathetic. Yes, a cool DL exists, but the fact that it needs to exist is a pathetic part.

I guess it’s better than nothing.