How to set up a free e-mail account
When you place a classified ad with Harvard Magazine, we strongly suggest using an e-mail address in addition to or instead of a phone number in your ad so that people can more easily contact you. The majority of people are responding to ads via e-mail versus phone, and you are likely to find your response rate increase if you include your e-mail address in your ad.
Many of our advertisers, however, don’t feel comfortable having an e-mail address that includes their name as they wish to protect their identity from people they don’t know, or they want to use a separate e-mail address from their personal one for responses. Services such as Gmail and Outlook.com are free of charge to anyone and internet service providers like Comcast, Time Warner, etc. offer free e-mail accounts to their customers.
If you are not familiar with how to set up an e-mail account, it’s pretty simple and should not take you more than 5 minutes. I highly recommend Gmail as they still have the best spam filtering and protection around, they give you a lot of storage space—10+ gigabytes (you will never need to delete anything), you can send multiple attachments in an e-mail—up to 25 megabytes (great if you’re sending a bunch of photos), and you have a one stop shop for Google Calendar, Google Drive (for big files/photos you want to share with others), photo hosting, You Tube, blogging & many other things.
To create an e-mail account with Gmail:
- Go to www.gmail.com
- In the upper right corner of the page you will see a box that says “Create an account.”
- Click on “Create an account.”
- Gmail will take you through the steps on how to set up your e-mail address. Choose a username that is generic and does not include any personal information such as your name, birthdate, address, kid’s names, city you live in, etc.
In addition to Gmail, here are some other services that offer free e-mail accounts. A few include Outlook.com, Yahoo.com, AOL or contact your current internet service provider and sign up for an account.