Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/17/2010

What your e-mail address says about you

By Ezra Klein

Alexandra Petri breaks it down:

Learning that your prospective date still has an Earthlink e-mail is the equivalent of discovering his vestigial tail. E-mail says something about you. It says, "I can be reached here," but, like a physical address, it also carries a certain cachet. Gmail? You're probably reliable and tech-savvy. AOL? You are probably someone's grandmother. @mindspring? You probably live in a box under a bridge.

By Ezra Klein  | November 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Wonkbook: Tax cut negotiations off to bad start; two more deficit plans (now with added stimulus!)
Next: Sorry, White House


I do hope Alexandra Petri (is she a dish?) is kidding. The alternative is too horrifying to contemplate.

Posted by: ostap666 | November 17, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Like most good humor, it's both absurd and a little bit true, or maybe the truth exaggerated to absurdity. I realized fairly early on that I'd never be able to reliably get my actual name as an email address or username in perpetuity. That's when I hit on MosBen: simple, and as far as I can tell, completely unique since I've never run into anywhere where someone else already claimed it.

Posted by: MosBen | November 17, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Fast forward ten years or so and @gmail will be shorthand for "identity theft victim".

Posted by: klautsack | November 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

klautsack, I think the fairly positive statements she makes about gmail users, as contrasted with people using other systems, is due in large part because it's the newest and most advanced of the bunch. The inference is that people that have migrated to gmail are more able and interested in using the best options. If we assume that description is true, I doubt many of them will be using gmail in 10 years. Possibly another Google product, which may make your comment still valid, but probably not gmail.

Posted by: MosBen | November 17, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Own a domain and run your own mail server in your house? You're too geeky to date.

Posted by: mutterc | November 17, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

gmail totally creeps me out.

Posted by: bgmma50 | November 17, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company