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What Does Your E-mail Address Say About You?

Friday, December 24, 2010

What's in an @name? Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post columnist and a blogger with ComPost, thinks that your email address says a lot about you. She is joined by a panel of distinguished Brian Lehrer Show guests with retro email addresses who defend their digital identities: Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV; Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia; and Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country.

Are you an email holdout? Defend your @compuserve, @aol, @mindspring... And does someone's email address say anything about them? Do you judge according to their @?

Guests:

Jami Floyd, Doug Muzzio, Alexandra Petri and Siva Vaidhyanathan

Comments [4]

lin from ny

I have an aol address that I set up in the 90s. I have since added a Mac email account. After hearing this show, I added a Gmail account for situations where seeming dated might be problem. Facebook is too amorphous and unpredictable for me.

Dec. 25 2010 04:06 PM
josy from new york, ny

I actually have one of each -- aol, gmail, yahoo, hotmail and my own domain name as well as facebook and twitter. have had an aol account for 16 years and people can keep finding me (actually have 5 of those). wanted to
migrate to gmail at one point, but didn't like it at all--found it really clunky on graphics. AOL is actually more versatile. Couldn't care less about people's judgments on this.

Do NOT WANT to integrate with facebook account. i hate how they keep intruding on everything i do.

Dec. 24 2010 11:01 AM
Sue in West Village

I use earthlink because they have a great spam blocker. Realize that it's not "cool" but it works!

Dec. 24 2010 10:58 AM
dfranklin from NYC

Gmail people are NOT tech savvy - they think they are tech savvy. Gmail tracks everything you do and reads your email - any really tech savvy person would never use Gmail.

Dec. 24 2010 10:54 AM

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