After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to go Gmail only for email. I am now having my
firstname.lastname@example.org accounts forwarded to my
email@example.com account. Because Gmail allows me to send from multiple accounts, this transition will be seemless for users accustomed to sending email to me to any particular account.
Why’d I do this? Well, for starters, I want all of my email in one central location. With Gmail, I can easily (and automatically) filter email based on the destination account. Having it all in Gmail allows me to easily search email. I only have to login to one place now. Before, I was logging into several mail servers to check to see if I had email.
Sure, one could argue that it doesn’t make sense to mix personal email with work email, or that I could use Outlook to check all of my accounts at once. But none of those solutions meet my main need to have all of my email available to me in one central location.
I’ve been using Gmail for well over 6 months now, and I’m finally confident enough in it to make this switch. Have you considered doing something like this? If not, why not? I’m interested to hear what others have to say…