My email address is not my identity. It is merely an attribute of one of my personas.
To be fair, Google is not the only culprit. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. LinkedIn actually gets this right.
I don’t want to have multiple accounts with various social networks, productivity tools and other online resources. What we need is to have an identity system that allows us to provide access control and views based on our persona.
An Identity has multiple Personas that have Roles
For example; John Doe is an employee, husband and a member of a sports club. He has a work email address as well as a personal one.
I look forward to the day where I don’t need to maintain multiple accounts to cover personal and business use.