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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    Single Google Account Confusion
    I noticed tonight while logging into GAN:
    We're requiring all Google Affiliate Network users to update to Google Accounts so you can access all of your Google products with a single sign-on.
    They went on further to say that they will require one account for everything now.

    When I followed the "Learn more" link it lead me to a page that advocated the wisdom of having multiple Google Accounts to separate business and personal. To separate the likes of Gmail and Adsence. This is the way I have always done it and now I'm puzzled.


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    I been seeing this notce for more then a month now and done nothing about it. I do not like the idea of one account for all.

    Did anyone go ahead and set up single sign-on yet?
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    I have two accounts.. my business is VERY separate from my personal correspondence!

    I haven't seen this notification, which leads me to believe I may have already upgraded my GAN account to its own Google Account.

    When I sign in to either account, they both have links to Calendar, Gmail, Documents, etc. I think it's an upgrade to the full suite of services, but the two remain separate.

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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    I have 3 accounts. Adwords, Adsense, and GAN are all separate. Unfortunately a bunch of the free stuff like gmail are lumped in with one of those.


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    I don't see how Google can FORCE you to have just 1 account, other than simply by administrative policy, but what they are doing and CAN FORCE is affiliating a gmail.com account with all of their services. Even though I can log in to adsense with my non-google email, it's tied to my gmail account which it shows on the dashboard instead.

    YouTube is also beginning to force gmail accounts when you update your channel.

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    Hi John, I'm sorry for the confusion. Nothing is changing. We don't ask (or even want) people to have a single google account. You can sign into gmail for your affiliate network account, but you don't have to.

    The confusing message on the sign-in page was written in 2009--it's talking about upgrading users who were using old Doubleclick accounts from before Google acquired the network. We supported them for a while to ease the transition, but nothing else at google would work with those accounts. We ended up migrating everyone so that payouts could go through AdSense (which in November let us pay publishers 1 month faster). If you can sign in, you are not in that group.

    Anyway, I'll see if I can get rid of that message.

    Brian

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    Thanks for the clarification Brian.


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