This story is about a woman named Ann. Who on occasion does things rather quickly. It’s good most of the time, because she can be fast and efficient. It’s not good other times, when she moves so quickly she doesn’t notice she is emailing her ex-husband from her secret blog email account.
This woman named Ann is decently technically savvy as well. But occasionally, she fails at savvy.
Add into the mix the wonderful integration across platforms and identities that Google does, and you have a potential landmine with one such as Ann.
Earlier this week, Ann asked for the email address of a man she is dating. He’s a lovely guy, probably pretty vanilla, and Ann hasn’t dared breathe a word of her blog yet, or her – ahem – prolific history. She’s a little afraid if he knows, he might not like her anymore. Sad, but true.
Ann was working on two computers at the same time, and also texting him on her phone. She had seen a TedTalk she really liked and thought he would like it – and she told him she was going to send him the link. She popped over to You Tube, found the video, and used the “share” function to send him an email.
Instantly after she hit “send”, she noticed that it was tied to her blog’s Google+ account.
Her first thought was: WTF? YouTube and Google+ talk to each other?
Her second thought (in quick succession, naturally) was: Oh fuck, not again.
She quickly texted him and said “oops, sent that from an old email account, my new email address is….let me know when you get it”, went into her real life Gmail account, and re-sent the video link.
She then went back into YouTube and re-sent the video from her blog account, to herself, just to see what it looked like. Handily, it just shows the name (Ann St. Vincent) and not the actual email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). BUT with one click that handy dandy email takes you right to the Google+ account.
So she deleted her blasted Google+ blog account, which she found pretty useless anyway (she apologizes if that’s how any of you found her content).
By then he had texted “Got it. You got past the junk filter :)”
Then she made all the blog posts about him private.
And she waited.
It’s 36 hours later. Based on the interactions she had with him since, it seems Ann has dodged another bullet. Perhaps she should start buying lottery tickets.
Oh, and the Ted Talk?