Warren talks about managing his email identities more carefully as he gets older
Chapter details: Warren uses different accounts for his personal and professional lives and is more careful about how much information he gives away about himself in them
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I wouldn't like to put a number on it, let's go with probably at least a dozen email accounts for various different purposes. I manage most of them through my Blackberry, as it happens, fantastic way of managing email, that's what they're built for. Do I find it a pain? Sometimes I do think to myself 'Wouldn't it just be nice if I just had one inbox' but then I don't necessarily want, as I say, I have a fairly professional email account which I would give out to potential employers and I would correspond with companies with, that's different, because of that reason, to the one that I would give to my mates, not because I don't want the two to ever meet, it just makes managing the two things very much easier.

I can set up a nice signature to go at the bottom of my emails, all of this kind of thing, for my professional account, that can be me. My personal one, I can chuck my mobile number on there and whatever else and I'm not too fussed about who sees that because I'd only ever email people who I feel comfortable about sharing that information with.

I think there's a big … it's actually something I wrote quite an interesting ... I think it's interesting, blog post about what's in a username in that there's a huge argument for obfuscation in choosing an email address in that you shouldn't … some people would argue that you shouldn't be identifiable by your email address, for example, the university or a lot of universities choose now, rather than giving somebody their name@the establishment, would give a user name, a series of random numbers and letters so that if that happens to just escape out onto the internet somewhere it's not immediately obvious that that translates back to you.

It's certainly a massive consideration in schools, very much so in schools, not so much in universities but particularly in primary and secondary education is that if you're gonna prescribe children an email address, what do you give them? Professionally I've even made the mistake myself, and I would consider it a mistake now, but I took a new intake in, I was a network manager for a school, so when I took a new intake of children in and put them onto the system, it would typically be their year of entry, their surname and their first initial and you might think to yourself 'Well that's what it was like when I was in school, there's nothing wrong with that.' But actually when you sit down and dissect that, there's so much you can gain from that now, for example, year of entry, if they're entering secondary school you can tell that they're going to be at least 11 or 12 so you take their year of entry you can work out how old they are from that. You've got their surname and their first initial so straight away on facebook type in that name and maybe search for some local information or what have you, you can very easily find an unsuspecting pupil.

A lot of information can be given away in a very short space of time if you like so yeah you have to be, there's a big argument as to should you be identifiable by your email address, how much information do you convey just in a few characters, is it embarrassing, is it professional, there's a lot to consider. I think as you get older you tend to think about that more than a young child and you go, obviously, through university and through application processes for placements and future employment, that's when it becomes crucial, you start to think to yourself 'Right, that email account I signed up for when I was 13, that's probably not gonna cut the mustard now with the big companies.'