A week ago, I finally pulled the trigger and finally decided to transition from Gmail to Fastmail. For some time now, I wanted to have my own custom email at mydomain.com, instead of firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to have control over my email domain name and the flexibility that comes with it. I have been using Gmail for more than 10 years and it has been good to me. I have no issues with all the privacy talk online about Google, simply have nothing to hide on my inbox (hello feds). Just don’t like the idea of Google using my email as a advertising tool, to target ads my way.
To begin with, Fastmail is easy to setup if you follow the instruction correctly, on top of that is easy to use, clean mobile and web interface. Before you sign up, you can try it free for 30 days here.
I wish I had done this sooner, but stubborn people are stubborn. Email is email, and it’s nice to have one less thing to actively worry about managing, so I went ahead and paid for two years upfront. It hasn’t been long, but the spam filtering is far better on Fastmail, and well so is having a support team to contact for fixes. Highly recommended.
We agree on the broad strokes, but the reason I choose to minimize Google’s access to me is that my balance of utility versus ethical comfort is different. Both companies do have flaws, but they’re different flaws, and I tolerate them differently.