You know, I’ve pretty much always been a positive thinker. Looking for the best in any situation and in every person. Some people have called me naive, but I don’t like to look at it that way. Having your heart and hands wide open can sometimes mean you get hurt, but more often than not, you get the joy of a lifetime.
I’ve been battling for my email address for years! On occasion, I will relent and move to the dark side, but mostly I try to look at it in some positive way.
I’ve had my email address (@mac.com) for years and years. Longer than my son’s been alive (19 years+). I love my email address with all its quirkiness and innocence and even sexy and won’t give it up for nothing. And considering that I signed up for it minutes after it was announced at MacWorld by Steve Jobs at the Keynote address. The company I worked for then was actually participating in that year’s show and I was there to work the booth. So we had access to internet and computers and the gang from Intuit all registered a ton of awesomely cool names. Me? I am email@example.com.
Over the years, Apple has morphed their online presence from @mac.com, to @me.com and finally and most recently: @icloud.com. For whatever reason – and trust me I have spent years trying to understand why and how – people believe that they have signed up for various websites using those last two variations of my email address. For me, they are one and the same – all email address to “cupcake” @mac, @me and @icloud end up in my inbox.
So, now I can hear folks thinking – what’s the big deal? Well, let me explain the rate that this occurs. Yes, at first, I was amused. This level lasted briefly. Then annoyed that I had to login to whatever web site I had been notified that I had “joined” and effectively delete or close the account. This wouldn’t be so annoying except that it started out occurring every once in a while to every day to several every day. I would venture a guess that over the years, there has probably been thousands of times that this has occurred. Even now, as things have slowed down again, I still see these about three to ten times a week.
I have a draft saved in my emails inbox that I now can copy and paste into a ticket, email or comment box for whatever just happens to be the offending website of the day.
Someone using my email address created an account on your website using one of my email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
For some background, Apple’s email service began with the @mac.com naming convention. It then morphed into @me.com, although the original email account was still valid. Recently it has become @icloud.com, again, all iterations are still valid and still one and the same email account.
Please delete that account. If possible, please prevent anyone using any of these email addresses from creating an account in the future. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
The various types of websites and services being signed up for are intriguing though. From children’s sites to technology and of course, the inevitable porn site. Most can be handled by dropping the above email text and sending to customer service and things are taken care of. Sometimes it takes a little more. In fact, one Disney website won’t delete the account because I don’t know the name on the account or the security questions! It seems ironic considering that I am the recipient of ALL of their emails, but they persist in believing it was an accident, that someone mistyped the email address when setting it up. Why that doesn’t qualify as a reason to delete the account is beyond me!
But back to the point of the post: finding the good in all of the bad. On occasion, the websites are interesting enough for further exploration. In fact, I would venture a guess that maybe 10% of the sites I go to for the purposes of deleting the account, I end up creating an account for myself (using the “correct” email). That was true of the most recent notification, for a site called ZipCloud. Cloud based backup storage. I already use DropBox and 4Shared, but this might be a handy addition (possibly replacement) for those.
That’s the positive view. Cool, huh?
Have a super great day,