Own Your Email

It's the first of the year and you know what that means: resolutions. One change I'm making this year is taking back my email address. For years one of the most important pieces of my personal identity has been in the control of a large corporation. While this hasn't posed any problems so far, said corporation has made changes recently that has made me think that this might not always be the case. Because of this, in 2013 I want my email address to be owned by me.

It was a big deal when in the U.S. the FCC ruled that number portability applied to cell phone numbers as well and land lines. No longer could phone companies hold you hostage with your your number. For me, my primary email address is even more important than my phone number. It can be used to logging to many of social networks and web apps I use, notably Apple's App store, Facebook, Twitter, Github, Heroku. It holds important documents from clients and loved ones. It is also the primary way passwords are reset, including passwords for some financial services. For me, these are things I feel I should be in control of.

Changing your email isn't easy. For all the reasons listed above on why you should control your own email, are reasons why it is so hard to change your primary email address. But at the same time, it will probably never be easier than it is today. The longer you continue to sign up for new services, the harder it will be in the future. It's take to rip the band-aid off and make the change.

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