The last post about floppy disks, ZIP disks, and all the other wonders of the 1990s-early 2000s reminded me about another dinosaur of ours: Our email. The museum’s official account has been through a small nineties company since the beginning of the Internet, and it S-U-C-K-S. The storage capacity is nil, we get more spam than my dummy yahoo account that I use to register products, and it can’t handle even a few pictures as attachments.
The problem is that the thing is attached to our domain name and the email address is on all our pamphlets, in every contact’s address book, and plastered all over 10 pages of Google search. To get around this mess, we tell everyone planning on doing serious business with us to use our “unofficial” Google address. Within the organization, it’s even more confusing. Some people only know our official account, others know the Gmail, others know the executive director or her husband’s personal account, and so on and so forth.
I’ve been searching for a solution to this and have read good things about Google Apps. Apparently, you can get Gmail through your domain name (so you can keep your firstname.lastname@example.org) but through Gmail. And you get five users completely free.
I’ve thought about doing it, but it turns out it’s somewhat more complicated than it seems. You have to actually go into your domain name and re-rout your email to the new account and delete the old routing service, or something like that. A techie guy told me it wasn’t too hard, which means it might be next to impossible.
I’m starting to think it may be worth it, though. This is really becoming a business problem at this point. Heck, maybe I’ll even learn something.