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Jul 25 2008   12:58PM GMT

I know who I am – Do you know my name?



Posted by: Troy Tate
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If you read my previous post then you know we recently went through a major e-mail system migration. Part of that e-mail migration included moving from various naming conventions (firstname@domain.com, firstname.lastname@domain.com, FirstInitialLastName@domain.com, etc.) to a single naming convention of firstname.lastname@domain.com. Of course this was a huge undertaking and also a political move. One thing I am sure of is that the users will never understand the discussions taking place behind the scenes and will continue to take place about names of other non-user specific mailboxes like a project engineering team or an application mailbox.

Another thing which struck me during this process is that we netizens are identified by our e-mail address in many places on the web. Have you ever looked to see how many places you are identified by your e-mail address? I had to take some time and go out and change my e-mail address wherever the old one was in use. That is not a easy task let me tell you! First of all I went through the mailing lists I subscribe to. I went to their websites and tried to find the area to change my profile’s e-mail address. There are some sites where I could never find this and/or could not change it. So, webmasters & publishers…. please make it easier for your subscribers to modify their e-mail address or credentials! There is this need for companies that may get purchased or change names. There is the need for the users who change names when getting married or divorced…. this should not be as difficult as I found it to be.

In the end, I’m not sure what I will be missing out on when we go back and clean out all of the non-standard names which we will likely do by the end of the year.

Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe networking!

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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    Troy, I feel your pain. I've played with the idea of making a list of all the logins I have and their locations but it seems too daunting of a task. I still have plenty of places that haven't been updated to my new email. It makes OpenID look all the more inviting.
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