This post could rapidly turn into a massive digressionary polemic and I have no time, so let me expel this bit of brain flatulence:
My first Google registration was for Gmail in its earliest beta incarnation (back in the day when people sold invites on eBay, got mine from Jim Forbes). I used it to set up a spam catcher — an anonymous address for those times when I didn’t want to part with my personal addresses in online registration forms. Other Google products used that mail address — Google News, Google Reader, iGoogle, even the mobile suite of Google apps on my Blackberry — and as they gradually took over more of my screen time they gradually became more important, enough so that were it not for corporate enterprise demands like Lotus Notes, I would probably run my life through Google.
Doing so under a registration designed to trap erectile dysfunction spam was becoming an issue.Â I had to transition to a sensible account such as david.churbuck, not sexypapa123 ….
The transition has not been pretty, but the promise — especially if I can create a parallel computing environment that compliments Lenovo’s (cross calendar conflict resolution, email forwarding) — is very compelling.
So, surprising how a personal beta of a beta product turns into a headache after two years because I considered it too experimental to run under my primary identity.
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This is exactly the sort of “personal IT” that drives corporate CIOs nuts. As someone who is trapped in corporate IT hell, I fully support it.
Dave…I’ve been thinking about doing this same thing. I started using gmail for exactly the same reason you did. Would be great if google had a function that yahoo is talking about … noticing good patterns in your emails … especially people you frequently respond to, or legit alerts or monthly things you have coming in … then just auto-whipe/block everything else and slowly begin to allow back in stuff you lost or missed.
Sounds like it is worth it though, I will try it out.