Friday, 26 November 2010
Do yourself a favour: get a second email address and use it for all those registrations you have to do to get where you want on the internet. Don't give your real email address - the one you use everyday with friends and family - to anyone you don't love to hear from.
I had a friend ring up the other day about her Thanksgiving invitation. I'd given a 'deadline' to reply (people here struggle with the concept of RSVP for some reason and I can't plan without a general number to start with). She'd wanted to reply but couldn't find my email amongst the 300 or so 'junk' emails that she'd signed up to receive. I suggested she get an alternate email address and to give the new one to her family and friends (don't forget me!); she could eventually abandon the old one to the adverts.
Do yourself another favour: use a normal, grown-up email address. Quirky names that might be fun on the dating sites at 18 or 19 may hook the entirely wrong sort of fish if you are 50. Also, weird / cute / rude email addresses don't always go down well at the office. Just a suggestion...