Google, you creep show
February 28, 2012 3:39 AM   Subscribe

Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again?

The account in question is a hotmail account, originally opened 10 years or so ago --- I still use it as the default account for web shopping, since it help keeps my personal email free of spam and bacn. I believe the hotmail account may have an associated google account --- I think just because I wanted to watch some video on youtube or something once. But as far as I recall I don't think I've ever used it as the alternate/recovery account in case I lost my gmail password. When I first got gmail I was using a different hotmail account for my personal email, and opened the gmail account using that as the validation address.

I'm not 100% certain of this though, and I after dicking around with all the email setting and general goog profile settings I can't seem to figure out where to find what I have in there as my "if I lose my password, send a recovery email to" address. And IIRC correctly, i don't think they use that form of account recovery for gmail nowadays anyway.

So what I'm wondering is, is the fact that I own this other address something google could have figured out from my usage patterns and automatically suggested to me somehow? Is there anyway to tell?
posted by Diablevert to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
Is your Hotmail account your recovery email? It's in your Google Account settings, not Gmail or G+ profile. Even if it's not there now, it very well could have when you originally opened the account...Gmail started by getting an invite via email to another address with a link you would've had to click to open your account.

If not, have you ever imported your contact list from one to the other? That's another way for the accounts to have been associated years ago.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 3:45 AM on February 28, 2012

Ahhh, there it is. Turns out I did use it as the recovery address, i thought I had a different one in there. Feel a bit silly, now.
posted by Diablevert at 3:51 AM on February 28, 2012

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