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«Why You Should Use Google Apps with a Personal Domain Instead of Your Gmail Account»

posted Dec 7, 2010, 8:09 PM by Wei Wang   [ updated Dec 7, 2010, 8:30 PM ]
Lifehacker.com published an interesting article by Kevin Purdy with the above title. I mostly agree with the author, although I don't think most ordinary email users care that much about data portability.

The point I do agree with the author is that it is not that hard to use Google Apps services with your own domain, personal or professional. If you are a real estate broker, for example, wouldn't an email address with your own company's domain look and sound more professional to your clients than yourname@Gmail.com? You still get all (well, pretty much) the benefits of Google services, i.e., reliable, accessible, etc.

I said pretty much above because the consumer Gmail and other Google services do seem to get upgrades more aggressively than Google Apps. Depending on your personal preference, that may or may not be an advantage -- I personally do think the consumer services are slightly more user-friendly, your mileage may vary.
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