The Smart Way to Change Your Email Address

The Smart Way to Change Your Email Address

By Bob Rankin

With some planning, the process of changing a long held email address is not so intimidating.–PC Pitstop

A reader asks: ‘I have had the same email address since high school, and now I want something more professional sounding. But I’m afraid that changing my email address might cause some unintended problems. What do you recommend?’

Changing Your Email Address

The Bible says “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11) Is it time to put away your first email address… the “clever” one that’s just a wee bit embarrassing now that you’re all grown up?

Or maybe you’ve gotten married and changed your surname everywhere except on your email account. Perhaps you want to ditch your ties to an Internet service provider, or move away from a desktop email program, to a more flexibile web-based email service like Gmail or Yahoo.

The good news is you can do that, but it takes a bit of planning and effort. Changing your email address is a hassle equivalent to changing your legal name at the county courthouse. Like Social Security Numbers, email addresses have become de facto unique identifiers for many personal, business, and government purposes.

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Excerpt shared with permission from Bob Rankin.

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2 thoughts on “The Smart Way to Change Your Email Address

  1. Since Yahoo services are deteriorating, I thought of changing to Gmail; however, I am re- thinking this, after Google’s statement that its gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. Also Google’s insistence on changing my cryptic user ID, to my real name is really frustrating; who are they to insist that I should reveal my identity, and let the world SEARCH everything about me, in exchange for using their ” Free” e-mail services?

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