Must changing your default email be this difficult?

As you may (or may not) have read yesterday, I have been migrating my email services onto a more reliable platform.  In the process of doing so, I have been looking to change my primary personal email address from to one at I don’t know if any of you have tried to change your primary email address, it is not at all easy.

We use email addresses to identify authenticate ourselves on various websites and services. We also use it to be kept in touch of various happenings, whether promotional or informative. Since yesterday, I’ve logged in and changed my email address on over 100 different services. A few times per hour, I continue to receive emails to the email address I am looking to deprecate. The long, dreadful process of switching continues.  Beyond updating my email on all these websites and services, I also need to notify my personal contacts that I’m changing my address. This process is annoying, I am frustrated.

Surely there must be a way to change your email address that doesn’t require you to visit hundreds of sites or send out emails that most people are likely to discard. I’m surprised that in 2013, there is no easy way for anyone to change their email address without having to go through what I have been going through for the past 2 days.  Some services promised years ago that they’ve developed a solution that will be your online identity.  Those services, like OpenID, in my opinion have failed. To this day, websites still use your email as the way to identify you.

While migrating my services yesterday, I also noticed a potentially neat feature In Microsoft’s system for creating aliases. I’m not sure this is the solution I am looking for, system I have been unsuccessful at linking my accounts.  I’ve attempted 5 times to confirm I own the email, each time I got a “system error”. After my 5th try, it blocked me for trying again for another day. By the sounds of it, this may be something that can work for switching my online identity as it would essentially merge my old identity into my new one.  But is that really how it works?

At the end of the day, I am frustrated that changing my email has been this difficult. I’m sure in 2 weeks from now I will still be signing into various websites to change my email address.  Surely there has got to be a better way.  Has anyone had better success with changing their email address?  What have you done that was different than what I have done so far?