One of the side-effects of our trip was that I was somewhat forced to use my gmail account, which I have had for a very long time but had never quite gotten the hang of the options it uses to categorize and sort mail, and I really don’t like having to learn new things unless it is obvious to me that there is some great advantage to it in which case you’ll find me at the head of the line. However…
When gmail and I first became acquainted, I had neither the time nor the desire to learn a new email utility AND (if I liked it) switch-over all of my contacts, correspondence, etc., from one format to another. So my gmail addy just sorta sat there, doing nothing, with me cleaning out the inbox every once in a great while but nothing else.
As we prepared to embark on this road trip, I started thinking about gmail again because I knew that it would be much easier to access an online gmail/yahoo/whatever type account while traveling than to access my email any other way.
Also, that several folks who I consider to be highly competent with technology have been routinely using gmail for quite some time. So, I dediced, I would politely force myself to utilize gmail exclusively during the three weeks of the trip, getting myself totally conversant with it, and then decide what I wanted to do (about switching or not) to gmail as my primary email account. Well…
This morning I signed-up for Google Voice which, as Google’s marketeers say of the FREE service: “Welcome to Google Voice. Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they’re being left, block unwanted callers, and make cheap international calls. We hope you enjoy using Google Voice.”
The ‘sign-up’ process was quick and easy (though the number selection process was less intuitive than I’d have liked), the sign-up system worked perfectly and the whole thing took less than 10 minutes. Next thing I knew there was a voice mail (transcribed also to text) from google in my Google Voice Inbox and I now have a totally free telephone number that anyone can call and leave me a voice mail message, anytime of the day or night. Give me a call now if you’d like… my number is (575) 415-4854
Swept away by the sublime proficiency, expediency and ease of this process, compounded by the multiple benefits I have grown to appreciate about gmail over the last several weeks, I now know the solution to the oil-spill crisis: Put google in charge.