At the University of Minnesota, I’m lucky enough to get a Google Apps powered email account. Of course, I retain my personal accounts, the childish daybreak and the slightly better ryan.rampersad. And this discounts my other aliases and my domain’s Google Apps. It should suffice to say that there are way too many email accounts.
The details are pretty scary. My main personal account right now is daybreak due to a lack of planning and foresight, but I live with it. It collects my mail from my business, pro-personal (e.g. hipster), a couple aliases and now my UMN address. So I have all this email going back into one inbox. You’d think it would get full but I don’t get that much email from those accounts yet, but the usage rate has dramatically increased as my access has, starting from my iPod touch last fall and Android phone this winter.
But then there’s the other end. When I get an email, say my hipster account from my boss, it goes to my daybreak inbox. I would be shamed to send it out from that address so I have to enable Send on Behalf… and superficially link all these accounts back to daybreak.
It’s a two way street in this respect. I collect the mail into one account and I send out from one account. It sucks that these cannot be separate because there is no universally accessible cross platform email client that doesn’t suck.
Google hasn’t addressed this multiple account syndrome yet. I’m looking forward to a Sparrow for the web. It’s a breathtakingly simple way to fix email; short, concise and thoughtful with a familiar interface akin to just about any Twitter client. This sound a lot like that identity problem everyone’s talking about these days.
Gmail changed email and now I want something to do it again.