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What Your Email Address Says About You

by Range

Email has come a long way since its inception. This great infographic from the guys over at The Oatmeal pokes fun at different types of addresses and stereotypes its users.

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Way back when I started using email daily, it was through a Unix terminal at school. Then, when I had email at home, I juggled a few Hotmail accounts and one that was provided from my ISP. By the time Hotmail was bought by Microsoft, I had already moved on.

Now, I use Gmail. I’ve got a few different accounts and addresses that are all managed by a single one. It works really well and I use Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero concept to keep my inbox empty. How about you guys? What kind of email address do you use?

[via Clusterflock]

Comments (2):

  1. Falken says:

    I’ve been using yahoo mail for probably more than a decade now. I think I’m rather savvy… savvier than the description would suggest at any rate. I’ve just become so far removed from the culture. Some cultural changes I’ve actively, and sometimes bitterly, eschewed. Usually, though, I’m just not paying attention.

    I think the first active bitter eschewment I experienced was when the gmail phenomenon hit and it seemed like people were ready to trade their firstborns for invites. I don’t hold any grudge though. I’d try it now, I just ask so little of my email program that I have no reason to.

    Actually, really good spam filtering would probably make me switch. As it is when my yahoo mail gets so choked with crap as to become unusable, I start a new one and my stuff slowly drifts over to it. I got tired of thinking of clever yahoo addresses, so my current one is actually my old alphanumeric Prodigy member name from way the hell back when. What does THAT say about me? It’s really kinda embarrassing. People hate it. I have to repeat it like five times when I give it over the phone.

  2. range says:

    About the invites, I know. What is up with ffffffound? Back to email. Ever since I started using Gmail a few years ago, spam completely stopped while the last email that I keep for trash gets chocked with spam. The archiving system and search system really work well in Gmail. Labeling and the different GLabs options really make Gmail shine.

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