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Deciphering What Your E-Mail Address Says About You

We've reported about Facebook's e-mail that's not e-mail, but I wanted to point you to a humorous piece by the Washington Post's Alexandra Petri. In it she deciphers the social significance of different e-mail services. The gist?

You know the old saying: Never trust a man with an @yahoo email address.

Learning that your prospective date still has an Earthlink e-mail is the equivalent of discovering his vestigial tail. E-mail says something about you. It says, "I can be reached here," but, like a physical address, it also carries a certain cachet. Gmail? You're probably reliable and tech-savvy. AOL? You are probably someone's grandmother. @mindspring? You probably live in a box under a bridge.

(hat tip: Ezra Klein)

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