Why do you regret shifting to Gmail?
The bigger principle is depending on a corporate domain name I don’t control for my email identity vs. one on a domain name I own.
I would never abandon my web URL for a *.tumblr.com address – I’d alias it if I ever chose to use a hosted service.
I should have kept email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as my “primary” email address for everything even if I was using Google servers and their interface. Which you can do now (and I’m setting up) but I don’t remember if it was a feature offered when I signed up in ‘04.
The near term annoyance is I just hate the new UI, and there’s nothing I can do about it (other than ceasing to use it.)
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