Post # 1
What a gross process!
I went from gmail to gmail, and there is no clean way to transfer thousands of emails from the last 7 years from one account to another (at least not the way I have them all webbed and linked liked crazy with my 30 or so labels that I use regularly). I sadly had to give up on migrating all my existing email, and will just have to keep the old account active so I can search for older messages there and such. At least that’s easier than it could be, with multiple account sign in. I’m still pretty disappointed in gmail though, that they don’t have an option for just adding a second email address to your existing account, without creating a new account! I’ve heard Yahoo does that, but I’m not really going to switch over now. 🙂
I set it up to forward to my new account, and then realized just how customised my gmail has become over the years! Anyone else a fan of their Labs? It took me at least an hour to set up my new account to mirror my old one. I really take a lot of those shortcuts and helpful bits for granted – and love them!
Then I set an auto-responder with my new contact info, forwarded all incoming mail and changed my reply-to address on my old account, exported/imported my contacts, my blog RSS reader list, my calendars, and shared and transfered ownership of my google docs. And I updated my chat settings on my chat client (which accesses gchat). Oh yeah, and I set up my new iGoogle homepage, which basically organizes my whole life on the internet. If it’s not on my iGoogle, I really don’t use it, haha…
It took me like four hours, you guys. That is four hours I am never getting back.
But you know what? My amazing husband realized, after about five minutes, that I was going to be hunched over my computer for the next bit of forever, fetched me a powercord, turned down the TV volume, and started doing laundry. By the time I was finished? He was folding the fourth load, fifth one in the dryer. I don’t think I even really realized he was doing laundry. What a guy, right?! I love him!
Post # 4
Oh man, what a hassle! I worry about changing my email too…I really should start using my gmail account more, but I have everything set up through my university email account and that is so convenient. On the other hand, you have an awesome husband!
Post # 5
You are encouraging me to finally get my gmail more organized, lol! As far as changing my e-mail address, I actually snagged a new one before I was married so someone wouldn’t steal my name since someone has already stole [email protected] from me!
Like you, I still have my old one active to search it, but I really need to get more organized with my new one like you!
P.S. Your man is a totaly keeper, and that’s the least he can do since you have to go through all that hassle to take on his last name, right? 😉
Post # 6
What a process, I’m sorry! But you do have an awesome husband!
I JUST got a new e-mail address this evening. I already emailed everyone to let them know; but I will still keep the old one active because I don’t feel like dealing w/ a headache like you did.
Post # 7
I tried to change mine, and I reserved the best e-mail addy I could, but my new name is so popular, I don’t care for the new address. So I have my old account, and older account, several other SUPER old accounts, my new account, and our joint account. And they are all different suffixes and different prefixes. I don’t tend to use the same prefixes/handles twice which I guess I should start doing now that the internet is used for everything. Although someone has already stolen even this one from me, so I guess I need to come up with a new one, LOL.
Post # 8
I”m planning on keeping my old email with my maiden name. It just seems like too much of a hassle to change it, especially since it’s my log in for a bunch of different sites.
Post # 9
I’ve “reserved” a version of my new name for my email but haven’t started using it yet. Because I married into a very common last name, it was hard to get a version without being like, [email protected]
Post # 10
Couldn’t tell you when I changed it, but it actually turned out to be a way to simplify my email. I’d had my old address for a long time so pretty much everyone I’d ever met, done business with, or purchased online had that address. My new account was a way to eliminate spam and reduce the email I gad to go through everyday, a VIP account if you will. If you don’t need to get/respond to their email immediately, you don’t give them the new email address. I check the old one once or twice a week and it’s made things so much simpler! No Mother-In-Law emails to stress me out unless I’m ready to check for them in my old account (I know, shame on me).
Post # 11
Thankfully mine wasn’t that complicated. I didn’t have a ton of old emails back then. I’m using Labels and Labs a lot more now in my new gmail account!
I did have to go with a different variation on my new email though, since I have a more common last name now.
Post # 12
HI!! I have two gmail accounts, and I went from my old one [email protected] to [email protected], and I was going through the same thing, and Now I have my new account check my old account by going to:
>accounts and imports
>>Check mail using POP3.
Works like a charm!
Post # 13
I’m making a new one, but will have the old one forwarded to my new address, too, since i’m sure people will forget!
Post # 14
I had an old email that I used all throughout HS but when I started wedding planning I wanted something that sounded a lot more professional and since I never checked the old email (I had wayy to many junk mail issues too) it seemed fitting. My new one was me
Post # 15
@hisbunny: yep, I did that too 🙂
I just wish there was a way I could get all my 5000+ old emails into the new email account :/ (well, there IS a way but it would take me hours and hours and hours to do because of my organization system, or I could pay a service that I found to do it for me, which I’m still considering) – I reference stuff in my old emails all the time! And I anticipate it being frustrating having to search two accounts, especially down the line when I can’t clearly remember what was before the wedding, and what was after!
Post # 16
So I just tried to see if my married name is available with gmail. um no, I’m marrying a common lastname…think soup.