I have emails with all the large web-based companies, but last week I needed a dedicated email for a new project someone suggested I check out Mail.com, a web portal and email service.
Setting up the account was easy. There were more than 200 domain names, which cover professions, geographic locations, interests, and beliefs. I kept it simple, though, and chose mail.com. For this project I just didn't think that catlover.com, hotshot.com, or saintly.com (just a few of the many options) would give the right impression.
The site homepage, was filled with news articles, similar to Yahoo's. At the very top of the page there are links to sign up and log in for email. There are two types of accounts. The free version gets you a basic inbox, mail collector (which will collect messages from other accounts), and mobile access through an app. There are also ads. If you want more than that you can sign up for "Premium", which is ad-free.
The main email page is simple, but it gets the job done. I've already received a couple of messages from people about the project, so it must be working. Once the project is done I can see converting the address into the one I give out for entering contests and places I know will send me a lot of spammy updates.
Five years ago today: Out Of The Gutter