I set up my new domains to forward email to my Yahoo! mail account. I have a pro account which means I pay $20 a year and get ad free email, as well as a few other perks. I created a few folders and set up a few filters to have the new domain email filter into their own folders, keeping my Yahoo! mail box clean and organized. Well, over the years I kept inheriting new email addresses that I was forced to use. I had one from grad school at Nova, another from ITT Tech, and yet another from a digital life business I started. My Yahoo! is busy, but it's still organized.
During the semester when my students are active, I get a lot of email. When I heard about Google Apps for your Domain, I thought this would be a good time to split up my email and lighten my load in Yahoo!
Google Apps for Your Domain lets you offer private-labeled email, instant messaging and calendar accounts to all of your users, so they can share ideas and work more effectively. These services are all unified by the start page, a unique, dynamic page where your users can preview their inboxes and calendars, browse content and links that you choose, search the web, and further customize the page to their liking. You can also design and publish web pages for your domain. It's all free* and everything is hosted by Google. No hardware or software required.It's really cool how you get a start page and calendar as well, but I'm only concerned with email for now. I plan to use it just like I currently use Yahoo! I want to keep my student email separate from the rest of my world, so then when I want to step back from it, I can. Out of sight, out of mind, right? So I'll be back posting about some of the cool things I've discovered with Gmail along the way. Who knows I might just fathom a switch. Although I doubt it. I'm hooked on that RSS Reader built right into my Yahoo! Mail and that personal calendar along the bottom.