On the other hand, I've now given up on using Google Apps as my primary interface for personal communications. Why? Because Google's social services such as Blogger, Reader and now Buzz don't support it. This means that you have to log into those services and share with your friends an identity that you don't actually use, and in order to manage that identity and its relationships, you need to log into a mail account you don't care about.
So, while my official email address will always be email@example.com, I've now moved back to using public gmail as my primary window on the social world and all mail to firstname.lastname@example.org will simply be forwarded there. Some useful tips, though, for those of you who want to do this sort of thing:
- You can configure gmail to send outgoing mail "from" another account. Configure this in your settings (though you'll have to prove that you own the other account by responding to some mail they'll send you).
- Contacts can be exported from gmail and imported into Google Apps or visa versa.