Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Apps Last Straw: Buzz

For business use, Google Apps is amazing. If I start a company someday, its very first action will be the outsourcing of all communications through Google Apps. Why run a chat server, mail server, document sharing system and calendar server when you can just sign up for Google Apps?

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 ajs@ajs.com, I've now moved back to using public gmail as my primary window on the social world and all mail to ajs@ajs.com 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.