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Legitimate: 'Reminder to Update Your Legacy Blogger Account' Email

Outline
Email from Google Blogger notes that legacy Blogger accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30, 2012 unless users migrate their blog to the Google Account system.



Brief Analysis
The message is totally legitimate and it really does come from Google. Google acquired the original Blogger in 2003 and subsequently migrated its active users to the company's own account system. Google announced in April 2011 that any remaining unmigrated legacy accounts would soon become inaccessible. The email is a final reminder to legacy account holders that they must migrate before May 30, 2012 or lose access. The message will only affect people who have email addresses associated with an unmigrated legacy account and have not logged into that particular account since 2007.

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Last updated: 30th April 2012
First published: 30th April 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
From: Google Blogger
Subject: Final reminder to update your legacy Blogger account


Hello,

You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with an unmigrated legacy Blogger account. As we announced in April of last year, legacy accounts will no longer be accessible after May 30th, 2012 unless they are updated to the Google Account system. Any blog content associated with this account will also be unmodifiable after that date.

To transfer your blog to the Google Account system you need to visit the Legacy Migration page at http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/iMA2S1grKn3Zbo right now to make sure that your account and associated blogs are claimed. If you’ve forgotten the Blogger password that is associated with this email address, you can use our Account Recovery page at http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/Jhgj7jqe5HauJY to request password information to be sent via email.

For more information, please see our initial announcement we posted to our blog at http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/RbroWLEb2H3GPo . If you have questions, please visit our Help Forum at http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/grV44ag1ff9mB0 and create a message with [Legacy Account] in the subject line.

Regards,
The Blogger Team
Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

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This e-mail is being sent to notify you of important changes to your Blogger account.




Detailed Analysis
A number of people around the world have reported receiving an email from Google Blogger informing them that their email address is associated with an unmigrated legacy Blogger account. The message warns that users who do not transition their legacy Blogger account to the Google Account system by 30th May 2012 will no longer be able to access that account.

At first glance. the message may seem to have some of the hallmarks of a phishing scam. And, in fact, some online commentators have incorrectly labelled the message as a scam and this has caused further confusion. However, the message is perfectly legitimate and it really is from Google.

A little background should help clarify the issue: Google acquired the original Blogger from Pyra Labs in 2003. The original Blogger had an existing user account system, but over subsequent years, Google migrated all of its active users to its own account system. And, since 2006, all newly created accounts have used the Google account system. Nevertheless, a few accounts belonging to users who have not logged into their Blogger account since 2007 still remained on the original account system.

In April 2011 Google decided to end further support for these legacy accounts, announcing an initial deadline of December 5th 2011, later extended to May 30 2012. In an effort to provide a final warning about these impending changes, Google has recently sent out copies of the above message to email addresses in their database that were associated with these old legacy accounts. An April 16 2011 post from Google Product Operation's Brett Wiltshire explains the issue in more detail:
An important note about legacy accounts

(This message only applies to a tiny fraction of users who haven’t logged in to Blogger since 2007. If you’ve logged in to Blogger at least one time since 2007, you won’t be affected and can disregard this message.)

There was a time early on in Blogger’s life where we had our own, custom account system for handling login authentication. Starting in 2006 all new Blogger accounts were created using the official Google accounts system, and then in 2007 we started the process of moving all of our legacy users over to the Google accounts system. Now, four years later, we’re finally at the home stretch of the transition. For a number of technical and operational reasons, we’ve decided to finally end our support for migrating legacy accounts and blogs after December 5th, 2011. So if you have a Blogger account and haven’t logged in since 2007, you will lose access to the account and associated content permanently unless you update to the Google Account system before December 5th.

Updating to the new account system is easy and should take just a few minutes. We really do value all of the content that has been created on Blogger and we hope that as many people as possible will reclaim their blogs. If you’ve been avoiding this task for a while, we encourage you to head over to the Legacy migration page and update your account.

We’ll be sending a similar notice later this week via email to all of the email addresses associated with the legacy accounts we have in our database. In a few weeks we’ll also make another announcement here on Buzz, with more specific updates on the transition.
Brett also posted the following information via the Google Products Forum just over a year later on April 27, 2012:
We recently sent out an email to all users who still need to migrate their old pre-2007 Blogger accounts (legacy accounts). I've seen some questions asking 'what does this mean' or 'how do I know if my account is a legacy account?'. **If you've logged in to Blogger at all since 2007, then that account which you've logged in to (and all the blogs on the account) are *not* legacy accounts and nothing needs to be done.**

However, if you received the recent email, that means some *other* account is *also* associated with that email address, and it is a legacy account which needs to be updated. All of these unmigrated legacy accounts were created before 2007, so perhaps you've just forgotten about it since it was years ago.
Although it is legitimate, the email has cause concern among some recipients who suspected it was a scam. A degree of this confusion probably stems from the fact that at least a few legacy account holders have simply forgotten that they still had an account on Blogger at all. Given that the email was directed only at users who have not logged into Blogger for several years, this is quite understandable. I suspect that many of us have started accounts with various online services and then subsequently forgotten all about them.

Chances are that if you have an old and long-neglected blog that you have not logged into since 2007, then you will not be overly concerned about losing access to it. But, if you do wish to maintain access, then migrating is quite easy and it is perfectly safe to follow the migration link in the reminder email.

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Blogger legacy accounts
An important note about legacy accounts
Legacy Account FAQ [read this before posting!]


Last updated: 30th April 2012
First published: 30th April 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer