For sure; it just requires specific functionality on the provider's side. With webfinger, we always imagined that you could enable "portability" by setting a redirect or a pointer, again provider-dependent.
in a way, email already is portable. My email address is on my domain, parecki.com, but it’s actually a Gmail account under the hood. If i want to move that to another provider, I can, and I don’t need to tell anyone a new email address. This is of course thanks to DNS 🙃
Yeah, right now through our service. We’re very much planning on associating them in a more decentralized way, but just so much to stand up for the system in general. It’s on the list for sure, though!
For some reason DNS providers haven't iterated on the UX around configuring records much. If as much time and money were spent on making DNS easier to use without understanding all the terminology as was spent on all the blockchain tech, we'd be in a much better place right now.
So if you’re able to control a domain name and set Mx records you’ve got portability. It actually works pretty well but it’s not used for individuals so much as organizations. What’s the equivalent or way to extend it to individual users.
Totally - it's one of the things I love about email addresses. I think the standard complaint is that most addresses are managed by e.g., gmail. Probably the easiest way to fix this is an EU regulation mandating ownership of "@gmail.com" addresses.