Which one of those emails are the most appropriate to give and print on cards?


I need your opinions about which email structure should we go with. For example my name is Gregory Gillespie.



This is for formal purposes, web pages and mostly business cards and all the employers will have the same email structure.

I am concerned about the fact that gg does not look so good and my name.surname is big, even the company's name.

Personally I prefer choice number 3, but what do you suggest me ?

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asked Nov 25 '11 at 10:59
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I like greg@company.com or gregory@company.com.

How big do you expect to get? The only trouble is if you end up with a few greg's in the company.

Keeping short means you don't have to spell it out as often over the phone, and also is a bi friendlier.

answered Nov 25 '11 at 13:37
Joel Friedlaender
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  • Well, for now "it" will not be that big, but don't you find it quite informal ? – Nikolai 7 years ago
  • When you deal with a company, would you rather they are friendly or formal? – Joel Friedlaender 7 years ago
  • I guess both... – Nikolai 7 years ago
  • I personally want friendly. Sure I want them to be professional, but I see a difference between formal and professional. – Joel Friedlaender 7 years ago


I would set up a catch all with all the option going to one account. I also like people who make it easy for me to remember their email addresses. I remember the head of a chain of car dealerships in the UK had his email address as headnut@ ... It drew a laugh, and look 13 years later I still remember it.

You could also use your job title ceo@ or some combination with your name GregCEO@

Bottom line: make it easy to remember.

answered Nov 27 '11 at 10:47
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