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Poll: How many email addresses do you regularly use?
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Aug 21, 2008

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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:27
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
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I wish I knew how to quit you, Hotmail! Aug 21, 2008

I voted for having two e-mail addresses that I regularly use, but actually my second address--a hotmail address I've had for 7 years now--I don't check nearly as often as I should. Due to the length of time I've been using it and the apparent mediocrity of Hotmail's spam filters (still!!!), it is almost all spam and bacn these days.

Unfortunately, I only acquired my now-primary gmail account last year, so I still have a lot of personal and professional contacts from over the years who sporadically will contact me via hotmail. And it's the address on my business cards! (I suppose I should just cough up the money and get another set printed). Hotmail makes it very difficult to simply set up forwarding from a hotmail account to another e-mail account.


Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:27
English to Spanish
Let’s say 4 Aug 21, 2008

2 to work
1 to receive and send professional information
1 to receive mails from friends and personal information


Mathieu Masselot
Local time: 03:27
German to French
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2 e-mail addresses Aug 21, 2008

Actually I have one for professional purpose and one for private subjects or friends but there is always something going wrong with the one or the other so that I sometimes communicate my private e-mail address to clients so that they can send me their text to translate. One has to be careful!


Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:27
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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3 Aug 21, 2008

2 to work
1 to other activities.


Andrea Brumma
Local time: 03:27
English to German
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3 Aug 21, 2008

1 primary e-mail address for work. Outlook is set to download new messages every five minutes, and it announces new messages by an acoustic signal and the opening of a small window. My clients appreciate that I respond to their e-mails immediately.
1 secondary e-mail address from a different provider for work. Outlook downloads those messages, too.
1 private e-mail address. But my best friends write to my primary work address so that I see their e-mails earlier.


Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:27
Portuguese to English
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3 Aug 21, 2008

I have Gmail for business, Verizon for person stuff and Yahoo for Yahoo Groups and some personal stuff. I would think, in this business, it would be rather dangerous to have only one e-mail. What if it goes down, the way Gmail does from time to time?



Giorgia Vicari
Local time: 03:27
Spanish to Italian
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3 Aug 21, 2008

3 e-mail addresses:

1 to work
1 to professional information
1 to personal contact


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:27
English to French
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Three Aug 21, 2008

One for work, one for personal communications and one for newsletters and such, so that the spam that stuff generates is separated from professional and personal communications.

You want to get rid of Hotmail, Kathryn? Having a Gmail account is a start.icon_wink.gif Getting some new business cards printed is another (especially since Hotmail addresses don't look very professional - the service is down an awful lot). As for the people who sometimes contact you through Hotmail, whenever that happens, reply to them and mention that you will soon be cancelling your Hotmail account and you have a shiny new e-mail address for them to jot down. It will take some time, but it's worth it. Hotmail has become the worst free service of all. I am sure once you put Hotmail behind you, you will even breathe easier (no need to check 200 spams each day to find that one personal message; one less e-mail server to worry about).

I am curious to find out why someone would use 5 to 7 mail addresses...


NecdetB  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:27
German to Turkish
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3 Aug 21, 2008

one for work
one for personal correspondence
and one for stupid one-time-only registrations


French Foodie  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:27
French to English
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1 regular, 1 for emergencies Aug 21, 2008

Amy Duncan wrote:

I have Gmail for business, Verizon for person stuff and Yahoo for Yahoo Groups and some personal stuff. I would think, in this business, it would be rather dangerous to have only one e-mail. What if it goes down, the way Gmail does from time to time?


I voted 1, because it is the one I use regularly. It has an excellent spam filter, and my folder and archiving are well-organized, so I really appreciate not having to bounce back and forth between different sites for different accounts.

In response to Amy's valid concern, I do of course have a web-based email account (yahoo) for emergency situations, and it has indeed come in handy, but I do not use it regularly.

[Edited at 2008-08-21 19:35]


savaria (X)
Local time: 03:27
English to Hungarian
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1 private and 1 business email Aug 21, 2008

I use a Gmail account for business and professional purposes,and another Gmail account for private purposes.


Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:27
Member (2007)
German to French
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7 Aug 21, 2008

2 personal "general"
1 older personal that I use mostly for spam and all the like
1 personal for Russia
1 professional
1 for my personal Website
1 for the the association I manage

I have some other ones, but I don't use them regularly.icon_wink.gif


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 03:27
English to French
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6 Aug 22, 2008

1 expensive but totally inefficient
2 free

1 regular
2 mostly for spam and others of the like


invguy  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:27
English to Bulgarian
Seven (the number of spiritual perfection, they say... ;) ) Aug 22, 2008

First off, *all* my email is web based. This has two major advantages:

1) access to my emails is the same from anywhere - no matter if I use my home machine, my laptop, the old desktop in the country house, someone else's computer or public Internet access;
2) I don't run the risk of a virus infecting Outlook and flooding all addresses in my Address book with spam - simply because I don't use an Address bookicon_smile.gif

I have Outlook installed but I'm using it only for reading the occasional .eml files.

That said, I have 7 addresses on 5 different email servers:

- 2 working: a main one plus an emergency one - on different servers, of course;
- 1 for personal communication;
- 1 for various (useful) online subscriptions, newsletters, receiving requested information etc.;
- 1 with a meaningless name and phoney personal data that I give to suspicious sites; needless to say, it is stuffed with spam;
- 2 older ones where the email servers have limited functionality but I have some long-standing contacts through them and wouldn't bother to change that.

I check the working ones several times a day, the personal one - normally once a day, and the others - less frequently. IMO, not much of a time waste compared to the convenience, orderliness and security benefits.

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