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.

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

[email protected]

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 [email protected] or [email protected].

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 12 years ago
  • When you deal with a company, would you rather they are friendly or formal? – Joel Friedlaender 12 years ago
  • I guess both... – Nikolai 12 years ago
  • I personally want friendly. Sure I want them to be professional, but I see a difference between formal and professional. – Joel Friedlaender 12 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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