Like most people, I have accounts everywhere. Unlike most people, I am hoping to do something about that. And no, it's not anything like some super single-signon system. Please. I'm just going to try and consolidate things.
I started with email. I think I have a webmail account just about everywhere. Certainly all of the biggies. But I never check them. I logged into Yahoo Mail today and had 3000 messages. I actually read through them (not the messages, just the headers) and maybe a half-dozen were things I had subscribed to at one point or another. So I unsubscribed those, just to be nice, and deleted everything else. If all goes as planned, I won't log into that mailbox again. Hopefully by the time I have, the account will be deactivated.
I logged into Hotmail, only to find that I've already been deactivated (yippee!). Same with Excite. My account is still active with MyWay, but I rarely even remember that I have it, so I think I'll just forget about it. I have a Netscape account, too, but for some reason was having problems with their signon mechanism, so I blew it off for now.
Then I moved onto IM. I run Trillian, like any good little Windows geek (that's an oxymoron for you), but rarely use anything other than AIM. What to do? I just removed my ICQ account - I haven't heard from anyone on ICQ in ages. I don't think I've even noticed anyone with an ICQ address for a while.
I decided to remove my MSN account as well, because I really hate it that I have to use an email address. Much nicer to use an alias of some sort, with the email address set in preferences. Two down, two to go. I then actually installed the Yahoo! Messenger to try it out. First time I've done that, I think. The program is okay, but I hate that it won't stop reminding me about email. It's gone.
I then installed AIM (again, think that's the first time for me), which isn't bad, but I just couldn't get into the look. Too busy and clunky for me. So it's back to Trillian for a client, at least for the time being. But what to do about the last two IM accounts?
Turns out that Trillian also continuously updates the Yahoo! Mail status, and that gets under my skin because the account is just full of spam, and I hate seeing an envelope there, knowing I just have to clean it out. Seems like a waste of time. So I removed my Yahoo! IM account too. That means it's AIM from here on out. Unless something changes, of course.