Nothing at nevermind dot whatever

One of the requests I see fairly often on Yahoo! Answers is “How do I get a professional email address?” This, I suspect — I admit I haven’t checked, and Yahoo! doesn’t always disclose such things — is likely to come from someone with a name like “shiggity99,” perhaps at, and who suddenly realizes that a proper, or at least proper-looking, curriculum vitæ is something worth having.

The providers of freebie-ish mail, however, aren’t interested in dealing with Shiggity:

One of the big things about the major services is that, because they are major and there are so few, it’s really quite hard for people to get the email address they want. Unless you have a really unusual name, chances are pretty good that the common versions of your name are taken. Nicknames, too. I was able to get “trumwill” but others, including nicknames that aren’t words, have been taken by people somewhere.

The usual suggestion is to get your own domain name, but this process seems daunting to some. Tucows (remember them?) has introduced, which is dedicated to providing domains and email to people who aren’t even slightly interested in Web-hosting accounts; perhaps this might be the solution for young Shiggity. (I simply can’t imagine old Shiggity.)


  1. McGehee »

    6 May 2013 · 10:45 pm

    Having a ham license helps, though my callsign wasn’t long enough to satisfy Gmail. So I use my domain email address, with its three character username, through Gmail.

    Showed them.

  2. fillyjonk »

    7 May 2013 · 7:14 am

    Heh. One of the things we emphasize in the resume/vita writing section of our Senior Seminar class is “e-mail address appropriateness.” You would not think we would have to remind people that “hotchix6969” or “beerbongWOO” are not the sort of e-mail addresses likely to land one an agency, pharmacy, or teaching position, but we do.

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