E-Mail. It is probably our primary form of communication in the 21st Century. Imagine, 20 years ago, we didn’t have an e-mail for the most part. Today, it’s a big part of our lives. Without e-mail, many of us would have a hard time surviving. I mean, in my case, a major part of my ability to earn a living is fostered by e-mail. If I didn’t have an e-mail I really could not do what I do for a living. So, e-mail is a very important part of my life. E-mail is not always fun or enjoyable, but it is necessary.
If somebody messes with our ability to use our e-mail effectively, well, it’s not a good thing. Recently, I ran into some problems with my e-mail. Let me give you some background information first, then in my next article, we’ll get into what the problem was, and how I solved it.
I have about 5 different e-mail addresses. I suppose that these days, most of us have multiple addresses. I have one primary e-mail address, though, which I use about 99% of the time, possibly more than 99%. I have been using that exact e-mail address for the past 16 years. I own the domain, and it is the first domain that I ever owned. Some may wonder what a domain is, a domain is just an internet name. For example, the domain of this site is “VirtualEarner.com”. For this particular domain where my primary e-mail address is, and a couple of my other domains, I use Google services for your domain, which means that Google provides e-mail and other web apps under my domain name. It is a free service for a low level of services or can be a paid service if you wish to have more premium features. I have been using Google Apps (formerly known as Google Apps) for perhaps about 5 years now, as I recall.
A few months ago, when Google+ came out, I signed up as soon as I got an invitation. As I have written here before, I get a fair amount of businesses from Social Networking sites, so I certainly wanted to join Google+ since it should turn into a major Social Site.
It was not long after I joined Google+ that Google came out with something else new for those using Google Apps. You had to upgrade your Google Apps account. Upgrade to what? They didn’t really say, but you had to do it. So, I made the upgrade. When I did that, I found out that I had problems. Firstly, under Google Apps, you could not have a Google Profile, and you could not join Google+. Well, my Google+ account was under one of my Google Apps accounts! I no longer had access to it. I could not even view it anymore.
Another problem was that under the newly upgraded Google Apps accounts, you could no longer log in to multiple Google accounts simultaneously. So, although I had 4 different Gmail accounts (2 Gmail, 2 through Google Apps) I could only log into one at a time. My AdSense account was under one e-mail address, while the main e-mail address that I’ve been using for the past 16 years was through a different account. So, in short, I could now check my daily AdSense earnings, or I could check my e-mail, but not both. If I wanted to see how my AdSense earnings were doing for the day, I had to log out of my e-mail, log into AdSense, then log out of AdSense and return to e-mail. Quite a pain!
Basically, Google had made it much more cumbersome to operate my business, and I needed to do something about it. What did I do? Was I able to resolve the problem? Check in tomorrow for the conclusion and I can help you solve this problem if you are experiencing it as well.
Personally, since Google offers free POP mail, I would put all of the Email accounts in Thunderbird. IM would be a thornier issue since most multi casts like Trillian or Pidgin only allow one ID per account. Have you worked with VOIP? I hooked my PTSN line into Google Voice a few weeks ago. I need to contact my Father in law in Davao, he was looking for something like this ans Ooma was too expensive ($200)
Actually, that is what I’ve been doing for years. My problem is that my Thunderbird profile file is over 30GB and becoming unmanageable. It can take Thunderbird 10 minutes to open on my computer due to the size of the profile. I save e-mails that are important, and that has made Thunderbird a poor solution for me now.
Oops.. I hit return accidentally. Yes, I use VOIP, and have been for 10 years here in Davao. I had a Vonage account for 8 years and am now using Skype.
VOIP is a joke? Try living overseas without VOIP and let’s see what you say. Because of VOIP I can cheaply stay in touch with my family in the States, my kids can have a relationship with their Grandmother and such. VOIP is a lifesaver.
If not for Skype I wouldn’t talk to my wife very often when I’m Stateside…
Skype is a really good thing for people who live in different countries from loved ones!
Hmm… seems that somebody removed their comment here, and it’s relevant to the discussion about VOIP.
Actually, I had a Skype line. But when Microsoft took them over, I was concerned about the rates going up. I bought an Obi100 for $44 from Amazon. Unlike Skype, the OBi100 supports 2 SIP lines. It DOES NOT require Google Voice. Any SIP will do. As for Google “getting hacked”, every gets hacked these days. If you’re worried about it, encrypt.
Couldn’t agree more, Kenneth. Skype works fine for my limited needs.
Google provides some AMAZING tools for almost nothing. However, never lose sight of the fact that they are an American CORPORATION headed by marketing geniuses (genii?). The end result with be something nearly seemless and powerful, but NOT free….not by any stretch of the imagination.
You are so right on that Doug! The day will come when everything on the net is not free, and Google will be one of the first in line! 😆 I can’t complain, though, as long as the services provided are good services, and are worth paying for.
Check into OneNote or Xotero to archive your old emails Bob. I took OneNote to my Logistics dept, and they were a paper free office within a month. Also Google Pogoplug to move you data into your own personal cloud.
Thanks Kenneth, I’ll check those out.