Make May Day “Unwanted Email Unsubscribe Day”

I get way too much email. The bulk of my email isn’t even personal messages, but mostly bulk email messages from newsletter subscriptions, web site and online shopping offers, fan site updates, business networking updates, social networking updates, Twitter alerts, Facebook notices, etc.

I’ve been getting so many of these that the personal and direct business emails have been getting lost under it all in my Inbox. On top of that, my mail files has become so large that the file became corrupted, and I wasn’t able to delete some messages.

Usually I spend a little bit of time one or two days a week just going through my mail sorting and deleting. It gets hard to keep up with it all, and I am still missing important messages.

I finally concluded: “the best thing to do is to reduce the amount of email I receive”.

So the first of May is tomorrow. Often referred to as May Day, which reminds me of the distress call “Mayday!”. I have made this the day, starting today, that I sit down with my email, take a good look at these bulk mail messages, and I UNSUBSCRIBE to them.

Here’s what I did:

  1. In my Inbox I clicked the top of the column where it says “From”. This sorts all my mail into groups of people and organizations.
  2. Then I scroll through the list looking for the biggest groups. These probably send to me every single day of the week.
  3. If I don’t want to see their emails again, I open one and scroll down to the bottom to find the UNSUBSCRIBE link. Bulk mailers are supposed to include an unsubscribe link.
  4. I click the link, which takes me to their web site where I am clearly offered an option to UNSUBSCRIBE, or they notify me that I will no longer receive their emails. (They have 10 days to comply according to the FTC).
  5. After I’ve unsubscribed I close the email message, and then I delete all the other messages in that group.

So save yourself, your Inbox, and your sanity, and make today your Email Unsubscribe Day!

8 comments

  1. Thanks for the reminder.

    Not just the inbox; every once in a while I will run a search in my trash for the word UNSUBSCRIBE and click on most of them.

    Be careful though, some e-mails use that link to phish, and all you are doing is confirming to them that it is a functional e-mail address.

  2. MarkSpizer says:

    great post as usual!

  3. Yvonne Bisk says:

    Thank you for the kick in the butt, Robert
    I have been wanting to do this for a while…

    Hugs,
    Y

    • Thanks, Yvonne. I’m glad you found the message inspiring. There has been a good response to this message. A few people responded to me by email instead of through comments.

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