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Email & me: Is there a future for this relationship?

 

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Email, after years of neglect, I'm starting to rethink my relationship with you. I'm seeing you less and less.  Why, you ask? I'm finding that those needs are generally being met with less hassle on my social media sites. When I check in on Facebook or LinkedIn, I'm notified if I have any mail there. I get email at each site less than 5 times a week and RARELY do I have to deal with spam.

Oh, you know I've tried.  I still hear complaints from friends who say I never respond to them because they're emailing me at one of my abandoned  email accounts.  I currently have four regular email accounts, FOUR! Yes, we've been down this road before, haven't we? And you're right, this only proves that I will do anything to avoid confrontation. Nevertheless, the time has finally come.

At first you always seem engaging and attractive. But inevitably you become engorged with remnants of my faded interests; ie political action committees, internet marketers, favorite shopping sites. You've become that alcoholic friend who only calls when he wants something. Not a pretty sight.

I know I should have addressed this long ago, but I'm doing it now. Slowly but surely, I've been unsubscribing and deleting the spam in all of your accounts.  Does this mean I'm ready to spark up the old romance? I'll admit it. You look pretty good all cleaned up and ready to go.  But, no. I'm over you, email. I'm done with the drama and stress of visiting an overflowing inbox of unopened emails all with special offers, promo codes and poetry wishing me a wonderful day if I only forward this message to 10 friends. 

Things have to change. I'm considering all options.  I know I need to have some kind of regular email account for now, but that doesn't mean I have to keep taking all of your crap. For support, I'll be reaching out to my friends who have gone through the same thing.  Sorry email, but the thrill is gone.

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Comments

Amen Sister! I can't even find the good e-mails amongst all the trash and clutter. Unfortunately even unsubscribing doesn't get you off the lists...they just seem to keep coming no matter what.
Posted @ Monday, July 19, 2010 7:58 PM by Traci Browne
Traci, 
I've heard that. Is there a way to just close up an email account? I've unsubscribed a lot and keep doing it everyday. It HAS helped. But, you're right. With some, nothing seems to be able to stop them.
Posted @ Monday, July 19, 2010 8:10 PM by Jenise Fryatt
You and I are both blogging on this hot button topic! I, too, am using email less and less. In fact, there are some days where I realize I haven't checked it until noon. 
 
Testing alternatives like Google Wave (does anyone else find it confusing as heck?). But I prefer the immediacy and relevancy of social media, especially Twitter, followed by Facebook. 
 
Thanks for always being spot on!
Posted @ Monday, July 19, 2010 9:24 PM by Heidi Thorne
Heidi, 
 
I'm looking forward to your post on this subject! I've used Google Wave for collaborating on projects. I think it works quite well for that. But for correspondence, I'm using the social media more and more. However, I've been told that email on LinkedIn and Facebook isn't as secure. Have you heard anything about that?
Posted @ Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:05 AM by Jenise Fryatt
Yup, I feel ya! I only have one email. I've had it forever and it is synced to my blackberry so every freaking time I get an email my phone dings. I've been unsubscribing like crazy and it has helped. In the instances where they keep sending me info I track them down on Twitter and tell them to take me off the list. That actually has seemed to work the best. 
 
When it comes to email for work, I've noticed that a lot of our clients are unreachable via email but will respond and contact us via Facebook. That is why it is very important to continually audit your customers preferred method of contact. 
 
Great post as always Jenise!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:38 AM by Lindsay Fultz
Lindsay, 
 
Great tip on using Twitter to get people to take you off their email lists. I will definitely try that!  
 
I had a feeling I wasn't the only one avoiding my email. I check in several times a day on my social media sites so, as it is with your clients, it's much easier to reach me there.  
 
Good point about continually auditing your customers preferred method of contact. As always, Lindsay, you are a fountain of great social media info. Thanks!!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 20, 2010 3:47 PM by Jenise Fryatt
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