Have you ever had to change your Gmail address? Is it worth it?

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Have you ever had to change your gmail address?  Is it worth it?  I've used google as a search engine since 1999.  Boo Yah, old school Internet baby.  I have never ever used my gmail account for email!  I only got one around 2004 or so.  I got this to customize my home page and some other Google services.  At the time I was a professional poker player.  Thus my mrpokergenius at gmail.com  Since I never gave this email out it didn't care or bother me.  Now I'm not sure that is the case.

Google is now using the email for all of your services and linking all of your information.  This is starting to affect me because I'm not sure this is the image I want to project (a poker player).  10% of people think this is super cool and can actually help me get listings, buyers, etc.  However, I feel that there is an even larger percentage of people that will not like this (maybe 20%).  If those numbers are correct then it is stupid to have this email address.

Will google let me change my email address and keep all of my services?  Please, please, please!  I would love it if they did.  This does not appear to be the case though.  Tell me I'm wrong and tell me how to do it.  I have already set up a new gmail account with an appropriate name, damn all the names and variations are gone.  I think I found a good one.  miketheconsultant at gmail.com

It will stink though to lose my access to all the other services and settings though.  Especially the privacy settings and such that I have set up and customized.

Here is some of the stuff that I would need to change.

iGoogle - Not a big deal.  Really nice to have a customized home page though. Not to difficult to change.

You Tube - This could stink.  I don't have very much up there now, but one of my biggest business plans is to get this changed.  Video testimonials, property tours, neighborhood video tours, and just me in front of the camera talking about stuff.  Right now it's all stored under the mrpokergenius channel, again not a real good name for videos.  This is a good reason to change it.

Google +  - This is a big deal.  This is the thing that initially bothers me.  When you look up my profile on Google + right under your name it has your email address.  I haven't been using this much, but plan too.  The circles and video hangout are pretty awesome.  45 people (I know that's not a lot, but it's something).  If I'm going to get this all integrated and set up.  Now is the time before I have to change accounts.

Picasa - This is what I am really losing, or am I.  I have a decent amount of pictures up here and several photo albums.  One thing I do is create an album of every listing with all of my pictures.  This is great so my transaction coordinator can put these up on the mls.  I plan to get a VA to create Postlets, Craigslist, etc.  I hate to lose these, plus I have a bunch of personal pics up there.

I'm asking all of this because I just got my brand new Android phone.  The Samsung Nexus on the Sprint network.  WOW!  I'm amazed.  It's got Android 4.0.  I have an ice cream sandwich do you?  I upgraded from the Samsung Moment the 2nd (?) Android phonephone on the Sprint network.  It was not possible, due to firmware, to upgraded the OS beyond 2.2.  The new phone is so awesome it's amazing 3G/4G come on Sprint turn it on.  The processor and RAM and ROM.  It's like going from Windows 3.1 to XP.  This allows me to stop carrying a camera and a video recorder. 

I will use this phone a lot more for uploading from the field.  Video and photos directly to Picasa and You Tube.  My old phone couldn't even have Instagram. Before I spend a lot more time customizing the phone etc.  the big question.

Would you switch your gmail address or not?  For all my work email I use customized domains and Microsoft exchange.

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Mike Henderson specializes in the following areas in real estate in the Denver, Colorado metro area; investors, first time homebuyers, luxury property, short sales, and light rail properties.  Of course I can also provide financing or refinacing across the state of Colorado.

 

Comments (4)

Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Play your chips right and we can get you the answer. 

Stop worrying. YOu play poker and lot's of people do. Does that make you bad?

Keep your email address and pull an inside flush.

May 04, 2012 10:11 AM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Hysterical.  I really appreciate your sense of humor.  I play my cards right and I stack my chips correctly :)

 

The poker players being bad people.  Hmmmm.  Do some people perceive it that way?  I believe they do.  To be completely honest most poker players are idiots.  That is how I was able to make a living.

 

An inside straight or straight flush.  Depending on the game you are playing your odds are about 12 to 1 and 45 to 1 against. I don't gamble like that.  I prefer to invest.

 

Thanks for the comment.

May 04, 2012 11:24 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Just set up a new gmail address and forward the existing email addresses to the new one. That way you can keep all your settings for the current accounts and set up the new account to suit your needs. Easy peasy...

 

May 04, 2012 02:30 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

As Diana sez. I have the original Gmail account that I set up quickly when I started Real Estate. I've since bought several domain names from Go Daddy and have all that mail forwarded to the Gmail addy, so I can access it from my old Android & my new iPhone. I can look at the actual address it was originally sent to and determine the details of it. I can even return the email from that original address so they never see my Gmail address.

Jun 03, 2012 12:08 PM