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Thursday, June 26, 2003

WORK EMAIL ADDRESSES: ARE YOU NUTS?
Do you have a simple, convenient email address at your workplace? Something like "Tim@ThePlaceWhereISlaveAway.com"? Are you so happy with its spare elegance that you've taken to giving it out to all your friends and loved ones, and even non-work-related business contacts, as your primary email address? If so, you're asking for trouble, whether you leave your current job or not.

First thing that came to mind from all these case studies in the article was: Are they idiots? Are they still living in the '90s? Back when the Internet was coming forth, and you probably had access to it only at work and not at home, it was reasonable to use your work address as your contact point for everything.

But this is 2003, people. Even if you don't have the Web in your house, you have so many options for getting your own email address--Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, etc.--that there's absolutely no excuse for not doing so. Can't get the ideal "your-first-name-with-no-number-appendage@yahoo.com"? Tough. And who cares? Who needs to memorize an email address these days anyway? Just save the address to your address book, or, if you're really lazy, just keep a copy of the latest correspondence from that person and keep replying to it. This isn't rocket science.

On top of all that, you have to be brain-dead to think that workplace email is at all private. It's not meant to be. If you're looking for a new job and you use your office's email system as the means of communication, you deserve to get burned. Use your brain.