I recently came across John Tesh‘s 5 Cardinal Rules for life.
What are your cardinal rules?
(I don’t have mine yet, well, maybe my 46 at 46 post counts.)
When this happens, women typically approach with tears in their eyes and men with their tail between their legs… all because of an entirely avoidable “email situation”.
Could you be the next victim and not even know a big ol’ problem is coming right at you? (17% of the folks who have signed up for my weekly email updates are potential victims of this avoidable problem.)
How horrible would it be if you could not access your email account? Think about it – you would not be able to get to Facebook, bank accounts, airline tickets, concert tickets, credit cards, your favorite ‘deal’ site – say it ain’t so!
So, what is the potential problem?
I’m referring to the practice of companies you pay to access the Internet also “encouraging” you to use their email address. For example, where I live, companies like Comcast (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Qwest (email@example.com) provide email as part of their service. In other parts of the country you may see Cox, Verizon, or SBC Global or… the list goes on and on.
If you want to use your service providers email address as a secondary address for newsletters, advertisements, etc., that is fine. Please don’t use it as your primary email address.
How? Create a Gmail account (it takes less than 3 minutes and can save you countless hours of grief down the road)
Why Gmail? I’ll cover all of the robust Google-powered features for parents and teachers in a future post but, for now, just trust me. Yes, there are other services out there (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) but Google email is the cream of the crop and the price is right (free).
Leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you think I’m wrong.
Here’s to years of uninterrupted email service starting with moving away from your internet service provided email address and to something that will stay with you, like Gmail.