Something is going on here in America’s heartland. I don’t know about you, but I’m now receiving almost 2 emails a week from friends who are abandoning their otherwise functional hotmail and yahoo emails addresses for select, invitation-only Gmail accounts.What they say:From now on, you can email me here at my new address: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat they mean:From now on, I’m running with the big dogs. I was cool enough to get invited to this exclusive insider tech thing, as you can clearly see from my new Gmail address. It’s from Google. Did I mention that it’s invite-only? Maybe I’ll invite you, if you’re lucky. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re not worth it.In short, here are the new, official email domain social rankings as of today, in descending order of trendiness:
1. silbatron.com or any other vanity address2. gmail.com3. mac.com4. hotmail.com5. yahoo.com6. earthlink.net7. comcast.net, cox.net, adelphia.net, etc.
If you’re over 30 and still have an aol.com, prodigy.com, or cs.com, you get a free pass to the top of the charts.(Disclaimer: The author of this post has a gmail account. But he doesn’t use it.)UPDATE (09-27-04): Thanks to the careful reading of Nutso, who gained points by emailing me using his new gmail account instead of commenting below, I am hereby switching number 4 (hotmail) with number 5 (yahoo!) for the next release of the rankings: “yahoo is definitely way better than hotmail as they offer 100mb of memory (which is of course quite puny) as opposed to only 10.” Indeed. Indeed.