GMail cleanup

by Vinaya HS on December 8, 2005

in General Stuff

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I got a squeaky clean GMail account (thanks to Sindhu – an ex-colleague) on 24th October 2004. Back then, having been accustomed to the Yahoo! Mail interface, I found the GMail interface awkward and clumsy to use. However, I decided to stick around with GMail and pretty soon my Yahoo! Mail account was a memory.

I was a ready subscriber to the GMail idea of “Never delete an e-mail.” The result: as of today morning I had 8683 e-mails in my GMail Inbox. Can you believe that? I never deleted all those job-site e-mails, newsletters that I subscribed to but never read (just marked them as “Read” – see the never delete an e-mail syndrome?), and every other piece of junk e-mail. From the past month or so, it had really become irritating to just select a whole bunch of e-mails and marking them as “Read,” everyday. Finally, I had a GMail breakdown yesterday evening. I vowed to clean my Inbox first thing today morning. As a pre-ritual, I spent about an hour yesterday night unsubscribing myself from every newsletter.

At 05:00 IST today, I started cleaning up my e-mails. Thanks to GMail’s simple but highly intuitive interface, I managed to trash 6988 e-mails within two hours! That’s a trash ratio of 80.48%. It’s amazing how quickly you can locate and delete e-mails using the GMail interface.

I am now a wiser man. Hmmmm… Maybe I can sell this story to Robin Sharma and make a truck-load of money. A possible title for the book: “The Punk Who Never Deleted An E-mail.”

Buzz me if you need any tips.

PS: I still have tons of GMail invites to give out. Ready to subscribe?




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