Tuesday, August 10, 2010

THE MOST ANNOYING EMAIL ID FORMATS, EVER



We've reached that stage in life where you look at a person and think of his GTalk handle before his name. You know, when one person is missing from your chat list, something feels wrong. Like a building you pass everyday suddenly's been removed, but you can't exactly put a finger on what's wrong.

Anyway.

No matter how liberal we get with our online expressions, there are certain email addresses that just make you cringe.Following are all of them compartmentalized for your pleasure.

1. The Random Year Format: This includes the name followed by a year. Makes no sense, apart from give an indication of which year the address was created. Eg, suresh2009@domain.com
Wouldn't be as annoying if the person didn't change his email ID every year.

2. The 4-bearers: And the prize for most annoying format goes to the ubiquitous 4-bearers. A breed of people who use the numeral '4' in interesting ways, ostensibly as a substitute for the popular English word 'for'. A sample of this is rajesh4u@domain.com.

3. 4SMSese: Variation of the above. Sometimes a person realises he wants more out of life than 'u', and proceeds to express his desire for other alphabets, usually strings of them. So then comes rajesh4luv@domain.com. Needless to say, very strongly associated with the franship brigade.

4. Grossly self-descriptive: Here's when people try to provide a brief Orkut profile on their email ID. So here you have the irresistible hot.kunal@domain.com and musiclover.ashok@domain.com. Thank goodness for character limits on email account handles. Or we'd probably have a tallhandsomeboygudbackgroundfamilylookingfordecentfemaleforfrenshiponlyplsreply@gmail.com.
And all of you buggers who wanted to have an address on MSN when you were 16 - out with it, all of you wanted the 'Hot Male at Hotmail' ID, didn'tya?

5. The case taker: The chap who CAPS it all. Or part of it. So you have SURESHGANDHI@DOMAIN.COM. What's more annoying is them reading out their ID and indicating the letters that are caps. So, ''arjun dot singh at gmail dot com, A and S capital''. Geh.

So let me make this clear, in language that you understand.

CAPS DO NOT MATTER IN EMAIL ADDRESSES (or website URLs, since we're on the topic). REALLY. TRY IT. WONDERFUL NO? THINK OF ALL THE KILOJOULES YOU'LL SAVE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO EXTEND ONE FINGER TO PRESS THE SHIFT BUTTON WHILE TYPING ANYMORE. PUT TOGETHER OVER A PERIOD OF 15 YEARS, ALL 1 MILLION OF YOU COULD POSSIBLY SAVE ENOUGH ENERGY TO POWER A SMALL CITY FOR A MONTH. You don't want to deprive that poor city do you? So be good, and don't use caps anymore.

(other recommendations from Twitter and comments)

6. Self-proclaimed Bonds: Guys who add 007 after their name. This one was courtesy Kaporegime from Twitter.

7. The college-goers: Yeah, how did I miss this. People who add their college name after their ID. Actually this isn't too annoying, just interesting to see what they do with their IDs after they pass out :P
(By Freakverse).


8. A combination of all the above. For what this means, see the comments. 


I also wanted to add 'Guy with too many full stops in his email ID', but then remembered this. Oh well. Also my first ever email ID is embarrassing. Must delete.


As an annexe, the weirdest possible emails are those which say 'Please take 73 hard copies, submit one to the library, one to your guide and one generally to display on your bookshelf, and other 70 for administrative purposes.' and has a signature which reads 'Please consider the environment before printing this mail'.

We live in fun times.

18 comments:

Narsi said...

Ha Ha. Good one. I ve seen patriotic guys use 1947 suffixing their emails. And some weird ids like intelboy_2k2, jollyprasad and so on.

the 361st degree.. said...

haha.. great post.. and i think all of us have had a very embarrassing first mail id!

just a trivia.. did you know that on gmail.. if your mail id is chuck.of.all.trades@gmail.com and i want to send you a mail.. i could send it to chuckofalltrades@gmail.com and it will still reach you safely.. so thats one less category to hate.. there is enough hatred in this world! ;)

pramodc said...

Some more
iamrajesh@gmail.com, rajesh_urgoddammcollege@yahoo.com

milcom said...

__@domain.com

PS: The email id remains same for gmail with/without dots. chuck.of.all.trades = chuckofalltrades = chuck.ofalltrades and so on. :P

Kavity said...

It is so ironical, the 'consider the environment' bit that is.
Signatures are so easy to append, a rule mechanically adds them to e-mail ids. If there were no such automatic rules, am sure people would have had second thoughs about expending those kilojoules in typing out the sentence.

Spaz Kumari said...

also people of a certain age who refuse to shift to newer, better, not to mention easier to remember domains! eg - mygrandfather@md3.vsnl.net.in

aargh!

oh, and yourname@yourdomain.com, i.e. (say) ramahuja@ramahuja.com, which is the type that pisses me off the most.

something so provokingly smug about it.

Apurv said...

What about the 'Fun lovers' - hiitsapurv@domain.com, yaitsapurv@domain.com

And a mixture of all of the above.. APURVCOOLDUDE4U2009@DOMAIN.COM

vineet said...

can you believe that one of batch mate in engg actually submitted the email id "pratikpanipuri@domain.com" during placements and then there was one more - "nightmarekid@domain.com"

Idling in Top Gear said...

Completely male-oriented list, dude. This isn't good in a time of women's reservation bills. :) There are equally annoying email addresses from the female side as well that include gems such as

1) astrological sign based addresses - Gemini_babe/ Virgo.Queen

2) make-up/ clothing/ other brand based ones - ChanelDiva/ ApplePrincess/ Burberry_Chick

(also applies to guys - bullet_man, amit_bmw (he most def'tly will not own one), xy_Ferrari, etc)

3) self-proclaimed cool chicks - RockrChick/ BikerGal/ Rumilover

and the winner, 4) ultra annoying, childish handles that should expire on their 16th birthday - Cinderella_XY/ princess_firstname.

Nitish said...

i once used painful_pimple@yahoo.com

GB said...

:D Fenny, fenny! I used to be attitude_mania@yahoo.com. But I was in 7th standard then. So yexcuse :P Now, I'm a staid firstname.surname@domain.com.

june said...

Brilliant!! :D

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dhara dhara-pscyho radha said...

hahaha... such a brilliant post... Some of the resumes i receive, have such obnoxious email id's !:D

asavari said...

I have a friend, whose friend's email address is pavbhaji@(something).com

o__O


Enjoyed reading this post thoroughly, by the way. :) Snickered in a couple of places too.

Kwats said...

a friend of mine has the id tatti_fry@(domain).com

hope u know what that means ;)

The Explorer said...

concur on every word you've written. But email ids with Capitals do exist. Not that the bozos who spell them out like that know about those. They're dubbed Rares and go for quite a bit on cyberspace. It's from the time when yahoo and hotmail were new and about 800-900 users were allowed to create ids of that sort.