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How much email do you really get?

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Someone was giving me their war stories about their personal email, and I wondered about mine. I have email coming in from 5 or 6 domains and a couple of gmail accounts. I handle it all through Google Apps For Your Domain, which does a very creditable job of icing SPAM for me. I did a quick check and in the last 30 day I received 1295 emails, no spam. Call it 40 a day.

The vast majority were notifications from Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn, or communications from suppliers I have a relationship with [usually tagged and filtered]. I got 16 from contacts in the Coastguard; 20 from a fraternal organisation; 25 as email output from a Yahoo Knowledge Management Group. The last three could all be handled via blogs/wiki/groups.

Personally addressed email to *me*? Only for me? I got… none.

My personal contacts come to me via Facebook; via Twitter; via Skype messaging, or by SMS. I guess in those terms I really am “Thinking Outside the Inbox” as Luis Suarez would say.

I only wish my work email was as simple 🙂 – about 20 a day, about half of which requires me to do something… and about 80% of that could be dealt with better. Will SharePoint 2010 help address that? I do hope so.

How much of your email is really personal to you?

Image Credit: Owen’s

Written by SteveEllwood

June 1st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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  1. interested on your views on using google apps for your domain, and why you went that route as opposed to pure freebie route?

    Nik Sargent

    1 Jun 11 at 14:18

  2. To be fair, I use WordPress (obviously) for my site; initially, I mapped my domain name to WordPress.com, and GAYD was the easiest way to get matching mail.(http://steveellwood.com/2008/08/26/personal-branding-and-blogging/). Because it’s WordPress, it was peasy to migrate to selfhosting (http://steveellwood.com/2009/06/15/thinking-social-media-id-and-facebook-names/) – but I was (and am) very happy with my GAYD mail so it stayed like that.

    Anonymous

    1 Jun 11 at 14:47

  3. To be fair, I use WordPress (obviously) for my site; initially, I mapped my domain name to WordPress.com, and GAYD was the easiest way to get matching mail.(http://steveellwood.com/2008/0… Because it’s WordPress, it was peasy to migrate to selfhosting (http://steveellwood.com/2009/0… – but I was (and am) very happy with my GAYD mail so it stayed like that

    SteveEllwood

    1 Jun 11 at 15:48

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