One feature many Google users have always demanded is the ability to link accounts. Not just forwarding email from a slave account to the master account, but intrinsically tying two accounts together, so that they could be used under one name, but still kept separate. Google attempted to answer our prayers a few days ago by implementing account linking. By heading to the My Account page and enabling multiple sign-in, you can log into other accounts that you own and "link" them to your account. Currently, the feature, according to Google, may not work for all accounts, and only works with certain services. But what exactly does it do? Does it allow you to have all your mail head to one account without forwarding? Does it let you combine all your calendars in one place?
When Gmail was released, it caused a paradigm shift that changed email forever. Rather than open six different email accounts, all for different types of email, people merged their identity under one address, using filters and labels to sort through all that trash. Because of this, it makes absolutely no sense to maintain two separate accounts. The only reason you might want to do that is if you really need a separate address, such as if you maintain a business, but usually there is no need for an entirely separate account. Therefore, it only makes sense that Google should have a way to actually merge accounts, allowing people to maintain multiple addresses if they need it, while keeping the simplicity and abstraction. Unfortunately, it is not likely such a gift will come soon, and hopefully Google will stop teasing me by getting my hopes up.