Do you use custom email for personal use?

yzTyzT Member Posts: 365 ■■■□□□□□□□
Increasingly, I see more people using emails like [email protected] or [email protected] and the like.

I'm wondering whether you're using this kind of custom email (@name), or still you're relying on Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo... for personal use. If you have you own domain, why are you using it? What benefits do you have over using free providers?

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  • darkerosxxdarkerosxx Banned Posts: 1,343
    I use a personal one, but mainly just because it's fun and I think it adds a little bit of flair when you give it out to people.
  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Member Posts: 2,116 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I use a free one for my personal email but I am looking to buy a domain with my surname - that way my future family can use it instead of Gmail or Outlook.com

    The best thing about a personal domain is that you can create your own website (if you can be bothered, that is) or you can just point it towards your LinkedIn profile for instance...
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,917 Mod
    I use [email protected]. I still get a kick out of people saying "no sir it doesn't work like that. Your email, like yahoo, hotmail, etc." I also use regularly my Rocketmail (now Yahoo) address and love when youngsters are trying to figure out what the heck Rocketmail is.
  • MSP-ITMSP-IT Member Posts: 752 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I use my @ieee.org address. A few of my techie friends were impressed.
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    I use [email protected]. I still get a kick out of people saying "no sir it doesn't work like that. Your email, like yahoo, hotmail, etc."

    That's great. icon_lol.gif
  • jvrlopezjvrlopez Member Posts: 911 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I used to have my name registered as a domain and point to my online profile (bio, etc). More of a gag than anything else.
    And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. ~Ayrton Senna
  • TrifidwTrifidw Member Posts: 281
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    I use [email protected]. I still get a kick out of people saying "no sir it doesn't work like that. Your email, like yahoo, hotmail, etc." I also use regularly my Rocketmail (now Yahoo) address and love when youngsters are trying to figure out what the heck Rocketmail is.

    I either get a "riiight" from the person wanting it as they write it down, or alternatively I have to explain why I can't be normal and use [email protected].

    But to answer the OP, yes I do and I use a unique alias for every company I give it out to to avoid spam.
  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Member Posts: 2,997 ■■■■■■■■□□
    One day I will bother setting it up :) sadly my last-name is not one that is available but I could use my registered domain.

    If I could get [email protected] or .co.uk I would, but I think all these thousands of random domain names now are getting silly.

    I was tempted with

    [email protected]

    but not sure the wife would approve.
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
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  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Member Posts: 2,116 ■■■■■■■■□□
    @DevilWAH - you could try .uk or .email or .mail when that becomes available. Sadly someone has already registered MySurname.email

    I think the new domains are great, there was a monopoly of domains for far too long and people will get used to using the new domains very quickly.

    I'd say plenty of companies will change their domains over when they get easy to remember domains. The only thing against the new domains is how they will perform in SEO rankings. I've heard that country-code domains like .us .cc and others like .uk.com don't rank all that well with Google. So how these new domains perform in Google is up for debate..
  • TrifidwTrifidw Member Posts: 281
    Asif Dasl wrote: »
    I think the new domains are great, there was a monopoly of domains for far too long and people will get used to using the new domains very quickly.

    I couldn't disagree more. They cheapen the web and releasing the .uk along side .co.uk region based domains will not increase the available options when you are essentially forced in buying the .uk equivalent.
  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Member Posts: 2,116 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I disagree with you too... icon_lol.gif The sooner there is less-domains-with-dashes the better! And if you run a business then you should be trademarking your name so you are protected against people stealing your domain anyway.

    Businesses can afford an extra .uk domain cost, if they can't then there is something wrong with them. The fact that Nominet is running .uk means there is a shortage of good memorable .co.uk domains.

    Good domains sell for big money too, why not drop the cost so that there is more choice? More choice = better.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,917 Mod
    Ahhh, dashes! One tech site that saw their traffic go down when they introduced the dash in their domain: Experts Exchange icon_smile.gif
  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Member Posts: 2,116 ■■■■■■■■□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Ahhh, dashes! One tech site that saw their traffic go down when they introduced the dash in their domain: Experts Exchange icon_smile.gif

    I wouldn't be surprised if they get experts.exchange ! .exchange is to be released soon I think...
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    I use [email protected] for my personal email besides signing up for websites or other crap that might spam me.
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • TrifidwTrifidw Member Posts: 281
    Asif Dasl wrote: »
    I disagree with you too... icon_lol.gif The sooner there is less-domains-with-dashes the better! And if you run a business then you should be trademarking your name so you are protected against people stealing your domain anyway.

    Businesses can afford an extra .uk domain cost, if they can't then there is something wrong with them. The fact that Nominet is running .uk means there is a shortage of good memorable .co.uk domains.

    Good domains sell for big money too, why not drop the cost so that there is more choice? More choice = better.

    You need to pick a good unique name, allowing some random to buy google.ninja is not good for anyone. And as per this thread it's not only businesses that own domains however it is still a waste of money for all domain owners.
  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Member Posts: 2,997 ■■■■■■■■□□
    If you buy a trademark bame , you can be stopped from using it. So while buying Google.ninja might seem a good move, you are very unlikly ever to profit. Google will stop you using it if you trt to use it to take there business.
    Yes for a personal email it might be OK. But try to use it for business and a hefty law suit coming your way.
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
    • An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
  • finhackfinhack Member Posts: 12 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I use my own domain name where I host my blog (using Linode), my security research advisories and proof of concepts etc.

    it is hosted on Google Apps to use it as functioning email as well, couldn't be bothered with hosting my own email as it too much of a hassle.
  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Member Posts: 2,997 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Spoke to work today as we are an institute and the domain companyname.institute was free. Seemed an optunity not to miss. But managers said no!

    So I registered it to me :) might set up a rival site!

    No seriously if your institute was called "the guildford institute" would you not want the domain Guildford.institute?
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
    • An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
  • aquillaaquilla South East, UKMember Posts: 148 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I just use Gmail for my personal email.

    I would like to get my surname as a domain name to have [email protected] but I share my last name the following publishing company - O'Reilly Media so it makes it kinda hard!
    Regards,

    CCNA R&S; CCNP R&S
  • chanakyajupudichanakyajupudi Member Posts: 712
    I use a first name @lastname.in

    I started noticing that some websites especially security based ones would not accept a free email to sign in or get replied to. For example eccouncil.

    Also it just sounds cooler when given on a resume or a business card.

    i also started a website to showcase skills and a resume via LinkedIN . firstname.lastname.in
    Work In Progress - RHCA [ ] Certified Cloud Security Professional [ ] GMON/GWAPT if Work Study is accepted [ ]
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  • Asif DaslAsif Dasl Member Posts: 2,116 ■■■■■■■■□□
    DevilWAH wrote: »
    Spoke to work today as we are an institute and the domain companyname.institute was free. Seemed an optunity not to miss. But managers said no!

    So I registered it to me :) might set up a rival site!

    No seriously if your institute was called "the guildford institute" would you not want the domain Guildford.institute?
    If you are not snapping up domain names now you are missing an opportunity. I'm going to max out my credit card at this rate - NOT that I'm going to get all the ones I'm after, so wouldn't really max out the credit card! Anyways I am making a list of domain I want to get, probably have more luck winning the lottery TBH but we'll have a go anyways...
  • paul78paul78 Member Posts: 3,016 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I use [email protected] as well. I have it for my wife and kids too. I have a common lastname and I waited too long many years ago to register lastname.com and lastname.net. Ever since then - I tend to register lastname.tld whenever some TLD is available that I think I may want.

    I original started to use a personal email a long time ago before there was gmail. Back then it was a good learning opportunity for me to learn. I had setup my own DNS servers and email servers. Today, I use a commercial provider for email but lately I've been thinking about upgrading my home FIOS internet to a commercial FIOS account so I can host my own email, etc.
  • TheProfTheProf Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 331 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I actually have both. I have a Gmail account for things that I'll sign up online from time to time, but I also have a personal domain that I use for personal more serious things.
  • NovaHaxNovaHax Member Posts: 502 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Roll out the .ninja email addresses :D
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