Saturday, December 07, 2013

'Tis the season.... unsubscribe.... fa la la la la, la, la.....

Last week I obliterated my inbox.
Erased every email I had.
Global delete.

And this was no epic fail.  Oh no, my friends - this was a calculated and precision move on my behalf.

I had not checked my email from the day before Thanksgiving Eve - to the Monday afterwards.  That's what, 5 days?
I had 1325 new emails.
Shut the front door!!!!

I'd be getting more and more frustrated over the past few months with emails anyway considering it seems I get more solicitation emails than real ones, and whats really frustrating is that I'm on lists for companies I've never even heard of!  And because I get so much junk, spam and solicitation emails, sometimes I miss a real one. I don't know how these companies even get my email account; there must be some sort of list that gets sold, like phone numbers did "back in the day" before the "do not call" rule.

Dear God, I could never have my email linked to my phone like most people do -- the damn thing would run out of charge with all the notification alerts.

So I decided that I am going to start over and with every incoming email I'm making a decision to determine whether I want to unsubscribe or keep them.  So far, I haven't kept very many.

Oh, and for the record - out of those 1325 emails, 8 of them were really relevant.
Isn't that obnoxious?

I just hope that the unsubscribe feature truly works.  Some of them have the disclaimer of "please allow 48 hours to 14 days for the change to take place...".  Really?  Do they think we're stupid?  It should be an automatic ping to the mail server and be instantaneous.  It's not a manual process anymore, so basically these companies are just hoping that people will "forget" that they unsubscribed.

We shall see how it goes...

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