The feeling of “I should have done this sooner” is overpowering my feeling of “this is so much better.” Last night I tried using Google’s Gmail service to receive and send messages on my personal email account. So far, so good.
My employer switched from Microsoft Outlook Exchange to Gmail a few months ago. I didn’t love it at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. During my recent trip to St. Louis and Northern Virginia, I encountered some email difficulties that made me realize it was time for a change with my personal account.
I’ve had my personal email address longer than Gmail has existed. Many years ago, I connected my email to the Microsoft Outlook 2003 program on my laptop. As a result, messages got downloaded onto my hard drive. I could send mail easily from home but the configuration never worked quite right from anywhere else. I would use mail2web.com to check and send email when I was away from home.
Lately, I’ve had a lot of trouble using mail2web. It gave me error messages when I tried to “reply to all” the board members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association. I also thought mail2web’s sent mail looked sloppy. I never could get it to show my name as the sender. Instead it always displayed my email address in that field. Also, it added a signature that advertised the service.
My problems with email caused me to drift to Facebook and texting to send personal messages. Because so many of the FBIKCAAA members are not on Facebook, I’ve had to go back to using email more often. In hindsight, I should have switched to Gmail as soon as I became president of the Association.