When I got married and decided to change my name, it was a labor intensive process. Being in my early thirties, my name was EVERYWHERE and wherever my name was, there was a different process and protocol to changing it.
Yet nothing compares to changing my GMail e-mail address. I began this process a year ago by creating a new GMail account. I slowly tried to acclimate into using this new account until a few weeks ago when I decided it was too confusing to have an e-mail address with a name people no longer knew. So I decided to forward my old e-mails into my new e-mail and exclusively use the new one. The problem? Google. For years I had enjoyed the pleasure associated with clicking a button to sync my Google account to most services I used – Google Reader (RIP), Google Drive, Google Calendar, Feedly, YouTube, my Apple ID, and on and on and on…
Once logged out of my old GMail account, I also logged out of all of these accounts. In order to use these services again I had to create new accounts for each service and manually enter or sync as much information as I could. As a heavy user of Feedly and YouTube, losing my history felt like losing a part of me.
On my Apple devices, it takes about 15 steps to change your Apple ID on a single product. I have a lot of Apple products, and they still aren’t functioning normally.