Taking Heat for Comments on Gmail

Please, please, let me explain myself! I wrote this post on the necessity for lawyers to brand themselves using something other than joesmithlawyer@gmail.com. The concept is simple: Gmail is becoming the next AOL when you’re talking professionalism. I’m taking a lot of heat for those comments.

I didn’t mean to imply that Gmail doesn’t have merit, rather I think you can easily import your branded email address into Gmail and present a more professional aura (not stuffiness). In fact, I forward my hosted address’s messages to my Google Apps for Business address, and trick people into thinking I’m a big wig by “sending mail as” my hosted address. Then, I manage all emails through Gmail and nobody is wiser.

I also have a personal Gmail address (2 actually) that I use to manage personal items I don’t care to mesh with my office, even though I’m in a small firm. In fact, all of the messages sent to jeff@thedroidlawyer.com get handled in my personal Gmail account. Could you even tell?

Of course I believe that Google has a place in all of our worlds. I also think we need our own piece of unique personality, even if in the end, the personality gets managed by Google.

 

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Jeff Taylor

I’m just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I’m also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.