I bet you do. I bet you also use them similarly to how I use them. These days I use Facebook for daily communication, Gmail for important stuff and Hotmail or Yahoo for junk mail. Why is that?
Facebook has come out on top as the daily most used website. It’s due to feeds from friends, ease of use, and non-clunkiness. This is the place to be if you enjoy knowing what many of your friends are doing, most of the time. Because of this, you probably will write quick emails to them to comment about their activities.
Hotmail and Yahoo, however, may have been one of the first email clients you started using. You were probably not thinking too much about the silliness of your “handle” when you created the account. Therefore, you don’t share this information with people you want to think of you professionally. The account is still active and since you need a certain area to send email confirmations to this is your likely choice. Also, you remember the email password.
And then comes Gmail. It hasn’t been around as long as the former two and if you were born around the time I was (1976) or even sooner you started to think about how people are viewing you online. You needed to apply to a college, or job, or start a company and to do so you didn’t want somebody emailing you at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It just didn’t cut it. You probably went out and tried to get a variation of your name – figure that, and now you have the third or fourth email account that you consider professional.
It could be the Outlook/Yahoo/Facebook combo, or the Webmail/Hotmail/LinkedIn combo, but when all is said and done, I bet you have something along these lines.
Whatever happened to the days before email? “Page me.” “Call me on my home (rotary) phone” I hardly remember them. Do you?
- Hotmail’s new throw away Email accounts (headros.wordpress.com)