I have to use my Gmail account in Google Groups?

Saturday 11 February 2006

Now that I’m using Django, I’ve been reading the Django users mailing list. Google Groups is great (even though it is still in Beta, whatever that means after five years). But I can’t figure out how to subscribe to the list with anything other than my Gmail account. I don’t want to use my Gmail account, it isn’t the email address I want advertised to the world. Does anyone know how to break out of Google’s increasingly tight grasp?


Stuart Langridge 11:36 AM on 11 Feb 2006

Create another gmail account and use that. You'll have to spend some time doing the log-out-log-in-as-new-account shuffle, though. Google are very keen on having you use one account for everything.
Gmail does let you set a new email address on a gmail account; it's possible that that new address is the one that appears to the world if you post with Google Groups.

shalabh 12:20 PM on 11 Feb 2006

Log out of gmail. Go to google groups and create another account with any email address.

The problem is if you're logged in to gmail, you have to log out and log in with the other account to view the groups.

Hope this helps.

Bill Mill 1:05 PM on 11 Feb 2006

Wow, that sucks tremendously if there's really no way to do it.

Ned Batchelder 2:08 PM on 11 Feb 2006

I tried logging out of gmail and creating another account. When I do, it tells me an account already exists for that email, and I should just log in. :-(

Matthew Marshall 3:52 PM on 11 Feb 2006


Does that do it?

Ned Batchelder 4:12 PM on 11 Feb 2006

That page shows my email address, but doesn't seem to provide any way to change it. :-(

Keith 7:15 PM on 11 Feb 2006

Try logging out and deleting your cookies, and then using a different email to sign up. (You'll probably have to change all your login info--new username, etc..) (Which seems to be what shalabh said, also, except for the delete cookies part.)

Robert Leftwich 7:42 PM on 11 Feb 2006

This might be what you are looking for:

Kaushik 8:12 PM on 11 Feb 2006

Did you have an Orkut account with a non-Gmail address? If you do, trying using that one and your Orkut password.

I use a non-Gmail account for both Orkut and Google Groups, and it is indeed annoying that they make you log out of Gmail each time.


Calvin Spealman 10:34 PM on 11 Feb 2006

Interesting. The steady stream of "Google is good. Google is great." never seems to end across the internet, but there is an increasing number of hintings towards Google breaking their "do no evil" motto. I'm not saying I have a problem with them trying to keep their services tightly knit, and I even think they are far too disconnected (Reader and GMail and Groups should combine interfaces!), but its an interesting shift to watch.

Ned Batchelder 9:16 AM on 12 Feb 2006

Robert: the subscribing by email technique worked! Thanks.

Adrian Holovaty 1:55 PM on 12 Feb 2006

Looks like you've already solved the problem, but, just for the sake of getting solutions out there, I'll mention one more possible way of subscribing without a Gmail account. I *think* the "subscribe" forms directly on the Django community page may let you do so.

Ned Batchelder 2:52 PM on 12 Feb 2006

Adrian, thanks. I saw that subscription form today (sheepish grin), but I'm glad to have a way to do it for any group.

Lorenzo Gatti 3:41 AM on 13 Feb 2006

Most or all Google accounts work with Google Groups; switching is a nuisance, but they work.
I have a Gmail account and an older account that I use for posting through Google Groups, made for the web service API beta test of some years ago (when Gmail didn't exist). When I check Gmail before visiting Google Groups I have to log in as the other account before posting; I've also noticed options are separate for each account.
I think this is a normal kind of integration ("Your browser is accessing all Google services through this account until you log in differently"), easy to understand but not too smart; a way to link accounts in some Google configuration to automatically use account A for Gmail and account B for Groups would save some logins but erode user privacy.

Nils R Grotnes 6:33 PM on 16 Feb 2006

How come the Firefox addon Gmail Manager hasn't been mentioned yet?

"This is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage multiple gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets."

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