Out of the blue, Google sent me a recovery notice using an address I used ages ago, that still automatically forwards to a current one on my static server account. I had no idea what I had on Google that referenced that old account, but I played along to see what was being recovered. Turns out it was my first Gmail account from almost 20 years ago. I don’t recall the circumstances, but I abandoned that account about ten years ago, regretted it, but could never find a way to get it back.
I have no way of guessing how Google decided it was time to restore this account. Having heard horror stories of how they emphatically refused to help others in similar situations, it now makes me wonder what must be going on inside Google. On the one hand, I’m glad I got it back. On the other hand, I’m cynical about how Google uses such things to track and build what amounts to dossiers on all of us.
At any rate, for the curious, the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org — I’m going to check and see if the old Blogger account previously attached to that is also recoverable. Not that I need another blog, but I recall posting stuff there that could help me remember some dates, and some writing that might prove valuable to me.
Update: No, the Blogger account is inaccessible. No great loss.