Back in 2004, when Gmail saw the light of day, I signed up for my [first] account there. Only a few days had passed when I got my invitation, and it was easy to get a snazzy user-ID. It had to consist of six characters, though. Hence, I couldn’t get my screen name, at the time, which was webby.
This startled me at first — I’d looked forward to having webby at gmail dot com, but it was not to be. Came up with a really nice, feline related address instead, which I used for years and still do, but here’s the problems:
First of all, each time I log in there, I have at least 150 new spam messages. Some of them have gone directly to the spam folder, and that’s fine. Others are in my inbox. I mark them as spam, of course, but it never ends. The reason it gets spammed that badly, could be in the beginning I used it for everything … I signed up for stuff right and left, using my main email addy.
Secondly, and this is weirder: Not one week goes by when I don’t get emails from Facebook and many other sites, such as dating services, asking me to confirm my account! People sign up for all kinds of stuff without even being able to keep track of their own email address! They sign up with my feline/medically related gmail addy!!! This pisses me off, royally … to the extent I’ve more or less ceased to use it.
If I were to sign up for Facebook today, I’d be so careful to get everything right … but that’s just me, apparently. Same thing with online dating, which would be unthinkable to sign up for. Not only because I’m happily married, but because it scares the hell out of me. What’s the matter with these people — don’t they ever watch crime shows on TV?! [That was a parenthesis 🙂 ]
Nowadays, I just sign in there, every now and then to clean up the spam.