Dreamhost management is also frustrated with email, and they suggest that customers consider using Gmail (in the version which used to be called “Google Apps For Your Domain”, which allows your own domain name as the domain part of the email address).
[quote]People say nobody under 30 uses email anymore. It’s all IM, SMS, writing on facebook walls, twittering, phone, fax, paper mail, pheromones, pony expess, and smoke signals.
Well, I really hope that’s the case, and that as time goes on we’ll have less and less damn email to deal with!
Sending email. Checking Email. Delays. Spam. Filtering. Email forwarding. Mailing lists. Announcement lists. Archiving email. Automatic Emails. Form-to-email. Catch-alls. URGH!
It’s enough to make a poor host want to give up on providing it at all!
Speaking of which… we have recently made some steps in that general direction.
Yeah, in a way we are taking some steps to stop providing email. It’s just not something people are looking for from us, and it’s something the big free email providers like Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google can do better.
Did somebody say… Google? In fact, as you’ve maybe already seen, we recently made it very easy to use Gmail for all your email hosting with us, still at your own domain![/quote]
This blog entry was not dated April 1st so they presumably mean it.
Note, in the comments following the blog entry, there are also some strongly expressed arguments against using Gmail. Could be worth discussing.