Recently, I made the decision to retire a private email domain and move to Google Mail. Suddenly I learned how we take our email addresses for granted. I was faced with the daunting task of finding all the places I used that email address, and follow their process to change it.
In many cases, the change was a simple process, even for some sites where my email address was used as my login. Some sites, like PayPal, were more challenging. I started the process less than a week ago, and I know I haven‘t made all the changes.
Fortunately, most of the account information was saved in my 1Password vault. I still have my old account, so I will be able to catch the stragglers over the next few months until the domain expires.
I never really considered the way we use our email addresses. They are as commonplace to us now as phone numbers 40 years ago (ok, those as well since almost everyone has at least a mobile phone).
With the ease of creating new email addresses even for temporary purposes, many of us have more than one email address. For example, we can have a personal email address, a different one for our home based business, and even another one which could be used for mailing lists.
I made the decision knowing it was going to take some time to catch all of the places I have used that email address, but it has also given me the chance to ask if I want the other party to have my new email.
My wife and I recently cancelled our house phone and only use our cell phones now, making two recent excursions into changing our digital lives! If you asked me if I would make the change again, I think I would say “No”. And I am not eager to repeat this exercise for either my email address or my cell phone!
In the end, our mobile numbers and our email addresses are so prevalent in our daily activities, you could almost consider them as permanent as your birthdate!
Copyright 2018, Chris Hare