You should already have a Gmail (Google) account.
Really. It is the best thing you can do if you don't have your own domain and want to look professional. Also, Google accounts are easier to manage. hotmail, yahoo, etc.. they can all be a bit of a nightmare to spam-filter or sometimes even to find your Inbox! Plus they look kind of dodgy from a professional-ish point of view.
Also, you look cooler when giving out a gmail address. AND sexier.
Yes, you guessed it:
they ALL use gmail.
And since they have now made made available a feature by which you can import your contacts from your previous account (and most providers are supported) you can now change email address in 4 easy steps:
- - Create yourself a gmail account
- - Import your contacts from your old terrible soon-to-be-forgotten account
- - Email all your contacts to let them know about it
- - Be happier! :)
Voilá. Your old msn/yahoo/whatever is now an empty useless shell.
I know what you are going to say. People may still email you at your old account. When you move houses, you can always take steps to receive correspondence from the old address, but at the end of the day people may not listen and keep visiting at your old place. Which is just silly.
No, they won't be visiting you.
Or emailing you, for that matter.
Of course, if feeling nostalgic you can still visit your old account now and then. That way you can also tell any confused/slow friends AGAIN you already changed your email address. Obviously, if they keep persisting on emailing you there, you'll just have to stop being friends with them.