By registering the Tomboye.Net domain name it has been possible for us to setup a range of services that the local community can make use of.
One of these is firstname.lastname@example.org, why would you consider this and what are the details behind this ?, That is what this news post is about ?
ISP Supplied email addresses
Most people obtain their first email address for free as set up by their Internet Service Provider. When you buy an internet connection service eg; bigpond you may be given an email address such as email@example.com, unfortunately, because someone else may share you name you do not always get your preferred name (they all need to be unique under the domain name eg: bigpond.com.au).
We are not always satisfied with our ISP or a new better deal comes along so we change the company we deal with. Unfortunately this means we often loose our email address and get another one.
Email Service Providers
Rather than getting you email address from your ISP you can get free or paid email addresses from an email service provider such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. These can have a range of pros and cons but at least you do not need to change your address every time you change your ISP.
Some of the disadvantages with these email providers includes; Unfriendly names firstname.lastname@example.org, or so much advertising it is very slow to load, and distracting.
I have some experience with each of these and can recommend Gmail as the best by a country mile. There are many reasons for this, some of which will be evident in the next section.
An email service provider with a registered domain name
It is possible to register a domain name such as tomboye.net, as I have and create emails accounts under that name such as email@example.com, I have done this buy making use of Googles services to do this. Now you can choose whatever name you want and have the same advantages as using an email service provider.
But this raises various questions
I have chosen the Google services for a number of reasons, but most of all, the options available are fantastic, these include.
You can use firstname.lastname@example.org to
- collect mail from your other address(es)
- Send emails as if from your other address(es)
- forward emails to your other addresses
- access a wide range of other tomboye.net related services
- Chat with other tomboy.net and gmail users when online
- Share files and calendars
- Create website pages
Because we control the tomboye.net domain we can move this on to another service provider if we are unhappy – because we own the names not them.