Friday, May 8, 2009
A history of me... through e-mail accounts
Just like SEEING SOMEONE TYPING IN ALL CAPS MEANS THEY ARE EITHER OLD OR IMBALANCED, so too can "e-mail archeology" (patent pending), or the study of a person based on their email accounts, reveal things about them. Observe:
1992 - AOL email account. Get nothing but spam. Barely use email at all in high school.
1995 - No email account in use. Go to Israel with youth program and only 50% of the kids have email addresses to put down in the yearbook.
1996 - Get a University of Rhode Island email account. It languishes.
1998 - Pegasus account in England. It was like Outlook only much, much worse.
2000 - Get Yahoo account. Think it would be funny to name it after the comic strip "Funky Winkerbean." No one gets the reference.
2001 - Get Yahoo address at RI Jewish Herald.
2002 - Get Jewish Federation in RI email account, which I use almost exclusively for next four years because I don't have internet at home
2005 - Attempt to get Gmail account but can't because only a "friend of a friend" can give you one. Create Yahoo account for myself - include my name and RI in it. Am surprised how quickly I regret this. Delete Funky Winkerbean address.
2006 - Get Gmail account for myself.
2007 - Get Northwestern grad school email account despite protest. Use Yahoo address mostly for spam / site registration. Briefly have Slate.com address and a Gmail address for my work at Huffington Post.
2008 - Get Cascades email address (as contractor for U.S. government)
2009 - Get U.S. government email account
Hmm... I give myself partial credit for this exercise - almost interesting.
Posted by Jonathan Rubin