What you need to have a web presence that can move with you.
So this is my thing. Anyone that still uses there ISPs email address – just doesn’t know what they are doing. Do they really think they will always use the same provider. They will never get ticked-off and change, never move to another location this ISP doesn’t serve?
ISPs should stop giving out email and web space. Their offerings are useless and it really just makes the rest of us feel like they are charging us for something we will never use.
There are several excellent ways of getting around this. Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo all have excellent mail offerings, free, completely mobile, and uses both web and desktop clients. If you’d rather have your own identity – for cheap you can get a domain ( I have about 20 of them now), and find someone to give you free DNS service (I use mydomain.com). Forward the mail to the hosted mail service and you are done.
Since we are starting down this road here are my picks – pretty much eliminates any need for data on my workstation. Give me a copy of Firefox and I can make any computer mine.
Mail, Wordprocessor, Spreadsheet, and Calendar – Google
Pictures – Flickr (YahooID)
Bookmarks – del.icio.us (YahooID)
Notes/Scrapbook – Evernote (Web and desktop, includes iPhone)
Blogging – WordPress.com
IM – GTalk – moving more to Twitter
RSS- Newsgator (desktop and web)
Password manager – Sxipper (not exactly a web site but it makes everything else work)
Personal Profile and Aggregation – Facebook, the "Here I am, and Here’s how you get the rest of me"
IM/webphone – still use MSN and AOL frequently, would like something that does what iChat, Skype, or such can do.
Contacts – never found a good stand alone "People Catalog" need someone to come up with ‘CRM-lite’ software that tracks interaction across various machines and web sites.