the phrase “no net change” has been part of my vocabulary for years. It’s a phrase that means that something is not in your control, but the opposite of that phrase is “net change,” which is when something is in your control.
We’ve all been there. You’ve had a really great idea for a website and then it’s taken a little while to find the right domain and the right hosting company. A few months later, the website is ready to go live, but now the hosting company is telling you it’s not available any more. It’s not.
Net change has its origins in the early days of the Internet, when web servers became so overloaded that many sites were down for months at a time. That is when a lot of people started leaving their computers on at night and sending e-mails, but instead of going to work, they just went to their e-mail addresses. This was a really bad idea, since a lot of people were doing this for a variety of reasons.
In the 90s, when the Internet was still a big deal, most Internet providers would give you the ability to change your e-mail address. It was a good deal, since e-mail was still the best way to communicate with your friends.
In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a law that required all Internet service providers to give people the option to change their e-mail addresses. Since then, it’s been a big deal for ISPs to offer this feature. I do think it is still a good idea though, especially since changing your e-mail address doesn’t cost you anything.
If you dont go for the same ISP for many years, you might want to consider changing your e-mail address. I know this because I changed mine over a year ago and I think it cost me $90. I also now have a gmail account, so I can use my old email address to send emails to my old gmail address.
The reason? I’m guessing because you can also use your old e-mail address to send messages to old gmail addresses. That makes me think that ISPs are starting to put a lot of effort into trying to get you to pick one that’s similar to what you already use.
This is one of those things that I think is great, because I could use my old e-mail address and it would still work. But what I really want is for my ISP to make it really easy for me to get rid of the old e-mail address and give me a new one, so I can use it to send messages to my old gmail address.
It feels like ISPs are thinking about this too. They have sent multiple messages to the same address asking users to confirm which e-mail is their old e-mail address and which one is their new one. This was even mentioned by an ISP spokesperson at last night’s GDC.