It's pretty much Gmail or bust over here in Shmitten Kittenville. If you use anything else for your personal email, we will judge you accordingly. Having a Gmail account means that you appreciate functional design and progressive technology. I'm not saying that we'll be a perfect match--and, we won't hesitate to block you on gchat if it doesn't work out--but, it's a promising start. When we see that you have a Gmail address, we let out a little sigh of relief, like maybe you won't show up to our first date wearing the dreaded blue-o duo: a bluetooth and a shiny blue button down shirt. Yesssssss!
A Yahoo address is eh. It's alright. It's not the worst, but it makes us think that you're still stuck in the '90s. You've probably had that address since high school and you're too clueless to upgrade. Let me guess: you still have a Blockbuster card too. Let me take another guess: you probably have a CD binder in your car and a polyphonic ringtone on your chunky Nokia. And, if it's something silly like firstname.lastname@example.org, I'm just gonna go ahead and assume that you're secretly a teenage gamer that slams Mountain Dews by the bottle.
On the shitlist: Hotmail, MSN, Comcast, and--cringe cringe cringe--AOL. If we see any of those email addresses written on the cocktail napkin, it will raise an eyebrow. This email address is ancient. You probably didn't even pick it; we bet that it was set-up for you by your techie cousin in 1996. You probably only use the Web to check your email, check the weather, and to monitor your stock portfolio. Just thinking about you logging in to Hotmail bums me out. And, your email address is telling me that you basically hate the Internet. Already your prospects are dimming.
If your hobby is referenced in your email address, like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, we will assume that you are barely legal. It's like Chris Hensen will jump out of a kitchen if we even think about emailing you back. We also will assume that you slather gel on your bangs so that they are all stiff and pointy.
The only exception to these rules is if you have your own customized account, like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The other exceptions are if you have a school address or your work address. We are neutral to positive about that. Although, it's a little puzzling why you're using that instead of Gmail. To paraphrase Busta Rhymes, if you really wanna party with me, get a freakin' Gmail address.
*Apparently, my Mom thinks that I'm being way too judgmental in this post. She frowned when she read it. (Just between us, she has a Yahoo address so I think she's being defensive.) What do you think? Am I being too critical or am I right on the proverbial email address money?