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-Having and Using Multiple Email Addresses

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Practically everyone and everything demands an email address from you these days. Purchase flowers online, book a room or a flight, to access a news site, set up a blog, join a social network, download a new program, leave a comment on a website, or keep in touch with family or friends. Any or all demand your email address.

There was a time when I had just one but now I have multiple email addresses for a multitude of uses and reasons. First of all I found it necessary just to keep up with it all. I compartmentalized my e-life with a separate email addresses for the following:

1. Personal

Friends and family are the only ones with access to this one. Plus a few key financial ties.

2. Business

This one is for work only.

3. Blogs

I have a separate address for each one of my blogs.

4. Social Networks

A separate address for each one. Imperative to keep on top of it all.

5. Ministry

A separate address for use at church and in ministry.

6. False Flag

A ‘throwaway’ address to give when demanded but care less about and don’t want to be bothered.

Here’s a tip for keeping track of it all.

I have nearly a dozen on Gmail alone that I can access and check up on going to just one log-in site: gmail.com. It really doesn’t take that long and is much easier than working with 2 or 3 different addresses like I use too and having to wade through all sorts of unrelated junk mail and spam.

At least now I can determine where everything is coming from a whole lot easier than I use to. Plus I can more readily find what’s really important.    

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  1. Dan Smith July 16, 2011 6:29 am

    I have to admit, I’ve never given this any thought. Before I rededicated my life to Christ and ministry, I had more than one email address, but it was for the wrong reason as I was trying to keep my secular life (which was quite sinful) separate from my church life (which was a farce). When I came back to Christ, I got rid of everything that I didn’t need, which meant going down to 2 email addresses: work and home, both of which my wife has access to for her peace of mind.

    Still, you bring up a good point. I’ll need to look into this.