I’m about to leave a long-term relationship. It’s been a long time coming; years of forgiveness, years of ignoring major screw-ups, years of dysfunctionality.
It’s time to dump my household email address.
We’ve had the same address since the internet became a thing. It came with one of the earliest available providers of high-speed in our area. But that provider has been through three different incarnations with three different names in its lifetime, and it’s turned into a crochety, pain-in-the ass oldster who really has to give up the car keys and stop driving my email life.
Evidence that I should have put an end to this relationship long ago:
- Email through this provider is completely incompatible with Apple products. A guy at the Genius Bar told me three years ago I should dump this email if I want to use my iPad as my main device, but I kept it and limped along. I’ve never been able to send an email from my home account using my iPad, unless I’m actually sitting in my home.
- My laptop stopped recognizing my account three weeks ago. The only way to access my email is through the company’s website – not exactly convenient.
- Two weeks ago my iPad completely gave up on that account. Not receiving, not sending.
- The account comes through what has long been a crap internet provider. We consistently get1/100th of the speed we pay for. We’ve shelved the issue for years (with monthly phone calls to compain/insist on an improvement/demand reduction in fees) and fully intend to switch over to Google Fiber when it comes to our neighborhood in under a year.
Months ago I created a Gmail account for our household use, knowing this day was coming. It’s been sitting there, patiently waiting for us, ready to be our new, reliable, functional email delivery system.
So today I start the VERY long process of notifying important contacts of the address change. First I have to think of who all those important contacts are, and that will be no small feat. I’m wondering how long it will be before I notice that I’ve forgotten a vital utility, financial institution, or old friend. Since I can’t access my address book because the account is non-functional except on the company’s website, it all has to come from memory.
If you’ve got any tips, dear readers, for getting through this process I’d appreciate hearing them!