Date Established: July 13, 2007
Date Sunsetted: August 14, 2013
6 years, almost to the day.
18,022 emails sent.
9,035 emails saved.
Loved the clean interface.
Loved the familiarity.
Loved coming to the warm hearth of home with every login.
Didn’t love its inability to import all of my contacts.
(Man has 10 friends, including family, yet has 2318 contacts. And the question would be, WHY?)
And, deplored the recent freezing and lock-ups.
Before making a change of this magnitude,
Many would research, inquire, ponder, pause.
It would have taken a second or two to Google “Six.”
Six Years on Yahoo Mail.
Wiki would have told me
that God, who I’ve yet to find,
would have said “Seven stands for completeness.”
And “Six stands for things that fall short of God’s standards.”
It would have been a signal.
To slow down.
To wait another year.
A flashing red light from above.
But no. Not me.
I dislike instruction manuals.
I’m maddeningly lousy at Tangram, Jenga and assembly-required-of-anything.
Man with hammer, nail and brute force.
Impatience is the mantra.
NOW is the sutra.
Gadget man comes alive yet again – - looking for better, cheaper, faster.
Twain and I throw off the bowlines looking to sail away from the safe harbor
and catch the trade winds in our sails.
And then, as life would have it, reality sets in.
Note to self v. #2863 edition: Seldom in doubt, often wrong.
- The 2318 contacts I imported from Yahoo to Gmail gave birth like rabbits. I ended up with 9,863. Cost: 1/2 day to straighten out.
- Changing your email address on WordPress – - not so straightforward if you’ve used the new email address before. 1/2 day of back and forth with the friendly Support Group.
- Syncing contacts between Gmail, Apple IOS, CoBook. Equivalent to pulling a bandaid off your hairy arm repeatedly for several hours. And I still don’t have it right.
- And the biggest miss of all. Hundreds and hundreds of log-in changes, password changes and confirmations. Apple ID. iTunes account. Amazon. Cable. Blog and newspaper subscriptions. Credit Cards. Airline frequent flier accounts. Bank accounts. And I’m STILL changing accounts with no end in sight.
So, how am I feeling about Gmail?
I hate it.
Crowded landing page. Ads. Arrows. Conversations. Buttons. Nobs. Clutter. Grand Central Station at Rush Hour.
So, am I going back? Dog with tail between his legs?
Josie Wales (Clint Eastwood) faced off against a bounty hunter and asked the man why he chose such a dangerous profession. “Man’s gotta do somethin’ for a livin’” the man replied. Clint Eastwood: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy”.