Last week, my email provider informed me that it will no longer provide email service. My first thought: why me, as though I’m the only one impacted. My next thought: #!*#! And finally, I’ll have to woman-up and deal with this awful inconvenience.
How many organizations, financial institutions, medical providers, subscription services, friends, and family must I notify of the change? And of those, how many won’t make the change and continue to send me messages that will wind up in some ethernet oblivion?
A cup of herbal tea later, I determined to turn this major bother into an opportunity. It’s about time I purged my contacts and deleted those whom I have no recollection of ever knowing. Also, I may call or send a line to contacts who’ve had a positive impact in my life yet I haven’t spoken to in years. What better time to reconnect than when deciding whether to delete the contact?
The major opportunity this mega-inconvenience provides is to learn all I can about the differences between email providers. After all, this past week Congress repealed a bill, Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services (see http://hosted.ap.org/ dynamic/stories/U/US_AP_EXPLAINS_BROADBAND PRIVACYSITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT). Not that there’s truly such a thing as privacy with the capabilities of the internet and a savvy searcher, but whichever I choose will likely make money peddling my personal information. I may as well select an email provider who affords some benefit to me that the others don’t.
I’m pretending to look forward to the task of changing providers. Meanwhile, I’m readying my right index finger to drum roll on the delete button to clear the uninvited from my in-box.