Google has pretty much taken over as the most used email service, but back in the day, Hotmail was the king of free email service
While browsing the MSN.com homepage a few days ago, I saw a prominent ad that looked a little something like this:
I began to have memories of my old Hotmail account—it was 1996 when I set it up and it was a pretty big deal. I didn’t have the Internet in my home then, and only used it at work, so I was ineligible for an email account with AOL or Prodigy because I didn’t have an account. Hotmail was cool because it was free and I didn’t have to be one of the cool kids with a computer or dial up account to have it, and I remember giving it to everyone and checking it often to see if I had any messages. More often than not, I didn’t have many new messages because this was pre-spam and not many of my friends or family had Internet access back then. When I did receive an email, it was always a joyful occasion.
Hotmail was a pretty reliable email service and I used it for years—until Gmail came on the scene. In 2005, I got my first Gmail account and in 2007, I pretty much abandoned by Hotmail account. I no longer had use for it.
When exchanging emails, I hardly ever see anyone utilize a Hotmail account anymore. I wonder why that is? Hotmail always allowed for maximum space and had some cool features—what is it that make most of us laugh and giggle now when a Hotmail address is used?
All of this talk of nostalgia is making me want to re-up my Hotmail account and utilize it again, even if it’s just for fun.
Do you remember when it was cool to have a Hotmail account? Do you still use a Hotmail account, and if you do, do you get snickers or giggles?
What’s say you, Cubes?