Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
You see, we all still use AOL as our primary email client. Brand ourselves as pioneers of the Internet each time we hit ‘send’ by associating ourselves with AOL in this Gmail world.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
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Can you quack like a duck?
Then Gilbert Gottfried’s loss may be your gain.
After the comedian’s insensitive tweets about the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Gottfried was dismissed by insurance giant Aflac as the voice of their iconic duck.
The company has said a nationwide search will be held in the near future for a new ‘quacker,’ but no dates have yet been announced.
That hasn’t stopped folks from getting their ducks in a row — sorry, couldn’t resist — and uploading their audition videos on Youtube. America Online is further encouraging the practice by promising to have a professional voiceover agent review any videos tagged “aol jobs aflac video” and posting their favorites.
Quack me up.
Personally, I think Aflac is going to have to find a pretty perfect match to Gottfried’s distinctive squawk, or the switcheroo will just be a distraction. Everyone is aware of the circumstances and the timing, and folks are going to be listening and comparing and critiquing and no doubt finding fault…
Even if there’s none on the bill.
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The year end lists are coming out — best of, worst of, most, least. I think I’ve read them all (and sadly, appear on none).
AOL has posted their “Most Searched” list for 2010. l like this one a lot. Being ‘most searched’ doesn’t place any judgments of good or bad — it just says that a whole lot of people wanted to gawk at photos of you and read about you online.
And here’s their list:
10. Bed Intruder Antoine Dodson: I missed this one
9. Foursquare: I missed what’s fun about this one
8. Jeggings: Are they jeans? Are they leggings? They’re jeggings!
7. Old Spice Guy: I’m pretty sure folks just wanted to look at him
6. Paul the Octopus: May he rest in peace
5. Silly Bandz: Are they silly? Are they bandz? They’re Silly Bandz!
4. Vuvuzelas: Shhhhhhhh
3. Pants on the Ground: The ultimate revenge of the old auditioner
2. Chat-roulette: No gun, but just as deadly
And the number 1 search on AOL….
1. Betty White: There’s nothing left to be said
And there it is — 2010 in searches. The funny thing is…it looks kinda familiar, doesn’t it?
I mean, jeggings are just the new leg warmers, right? And we had that other hot Old Spice Guy (Matthew Perry’s father) back in the day. The Taco Bell dog was hot a few years ago — may he rest in peace — and those braided friendship bracelets were just low-tech Silly Bandz.
Vuvuzelas are simply much larger, louder kazoos, and the ‘Pants on the Ground’ guy is just the ‘She-Bang’ dude way older (and a way better singer).
And Betty White?
Oh, she’s still Betty White. This is just the second time that she’s trending.
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Change is good. I preach it; I teach it.
So why can’t I change my email address?
I am old enough to remember not having an email address at all. When I was at Hallmark Cards in the early to mid-1990’s, working on the first iterations of Hallmark.com and e-cards, the company didn’t even have email addresses for their employees yet.
That’s when I got my very first one through America Online…the email address I continue to use this very day.
Sure, I’ve had others…through different employers, for different interests. But my main email address, the one I give folks for my primary correspondence, is that AOL address I signed up for way back in 1995.
That’s one of the reasons I haven’t changed it – so many people from my past know it. I’ve lived and worked in three different cities, with numerous individuals and companies since I became email-literate. If I change that address, some might lose their only link to me.
But I also recognize that an AOL email address makes me look as dated and old as AOL itself. Now that I have my own website, I should transition everyone over to an email address branded with my name — not with some Internet dinosaur.
But change is hard. I mean…
Change is good.
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