Saying Goodbye to Gmail

Last night I switched the e-mail hosting provider behind @onemanandhisblog.com from Gmail to Hover's e-mail service.

Why?

Two reasons mainly:

  • I very rarely use webmail. Maybe I'm just showing my internet age, but the majority of my e-mail is done through Mail.app on a Mac, or the equivalent on my iPhone or iPad. The interaction between these and Gmail is less than stellar, and I'm not really using all the Gmail stuff that comes with the interface.
  • Following the revelations of the last year, I'm less comfortable than ever in having the bulk of my commercial e-mail handled by an organisation like Google. While I see the value in tools like Google Now, right now I don't feel I have the level of control over the data harvested to make me feel comfortable enough using it.

So, one quick DNS change later, and someone else is now handling adam@onemanandhisblog.com. No complaints so far.