Email has become an integral part of our lives. I think it is the most convenient and effective medium of digital communication buy email address. My first email address was of an account provided by my ISP (Internet Service Provider) in 2000. I do not have that address anymore but I still remember the sense of pride it gave me. There were free email providers but many transactional websites did not accept email address of free accounts. Free mail address was also looked down upon.
In 2010 things have changed so much. Most of us use free web mail accounts. They are equally good and sometimes better than many paid services. Limitation of mail inbox space, which earlier used to be curse of free webmail account, is no more there. We have many good free email service providers to choose from. Signing up for an email account is very easy. I remember what a chaos Google Gmail "invite only" email service had created. People were crazy to sell the invitations and crazier to buy them.
All in all, today we are free to have as many email address we want. Quality is not an issue anymore with free email accounts. A free quality service to grab, how many of them will you go after? Here is the catch, it is easy to buy an automobile but difficult to maintain. Same goes true for email address, it is not how many you can have but how many you can manage.