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Email Should Have Expiration Dates

My email archives are loaded with useless emails for things like Black Friday sales from over 10 years ago. That's stupid.


Even though there's virtually unlimited space in our inboxes, there's no reason to archive most of our emails, especially promotional emails for limited time promotions and other time sensitive events. That's why I think there should be an Expiration Date option in emails.

An Email Expiration Date would simply be an optional date you would enter just before sending an email. If you leave it out, it would work as it does now, without an expiration date, but by simply adding an expiration date the email would have a definitive lifespan, allowing it to be deleted automatically when the expiration date passed.

This could have a tremendous effect on cutti... [More]

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Bye Bye Email Lists?

Why is it so hard to unsubscribe from some email lists?


One of my Internet Pet Peeves is the frustration of clicking a link to unsubscribe from an email list, and seeing a web page that tells me it can take several weeks to be removed from the list. Several weeks? Are they kidding?

Email is instant. Signing up for an Email list... is instant, so why on earth would unsubscribing from an email list take three to four weeks? The entire list is in a computer database, so there's absolutely no reason why an unsubscribe should take less than a fraction of a second.

When I click an unsubscribe link and see a message like that, it makes my blood boil. Instead of simply deleting the original message, I make sure I hit the "Report Spam" button, because I know it hurts the sender... [More]

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Beware of Fake Fundraising Emails!

Beware... Fake fundraising emails are on the rise!


Over the last few months, I've noticed a rise in the number of fake fundraising emails. Most of them were election related, but the fact remains, there are now spammers making money off of unsuspecting people who THINK they're supporting a worthy cause.

It's harder for people to realize they've been taken advantage of, because unlike buying something from a spammer, when you make a donation you don't expect to receive a product in the mail.

This is particularly disturbing because it means that people are not only sending money to criminals, but they are also depriving legitimate charities of their donations.


I received so many fraudulent emails from both sides during the election I lost count. I even received so... [More]

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Beware of Calendar Spam!

There's a new kind of Spam on the horizon... Calendar Spam!


Spammers have found a new way to send you unsolicited advertisements... by sending you Calendar Requests, which bypass your email Spam Filters.

In the past 2 weeks, I've received about 5 or 6 Calendar Spam requests, which popped up on my iPhone lock screen and even on my Apple Watch. Unlike regular Spam which shows up in your Email Inbox, these pop up as notifications asking you if you'd like to "Accept" the invitation to buy something.
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Hacked emails have become so common that the Russians actually started using typewriters to insure privacy. There's a better way.


Some of the best ideas are at their heart, simple. This one is both easy and complicated. The core concepts are very easy to implement, but the complicated part is finding somebody willing to launch such a service. After all, if they do it right, it will make them billions.

Here's how it would work.

Unlike traditional email services, which send plain, unencrypted text through the Internet, this service would be a closed system. In order to communicate with somebody using this secured system, both sides would need to be subscribers of the service, and both would be required to accept an invitation to communicate with each other.

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Block Emails With One Click

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When unsubscribe doesn't work, why not just block the sender?


Everyone hates spam. But every day, we seem to get more spam in our InBoxes than anything else. Time after time, we hit the "Spam" button, or look for "Unsubscribe" links, but somehow they keep coming. As I wrote about recently, sometimes even after using an Unsubscribe button, we get a message telling us it will take at least 30 days to stop receiving emails.

Wouldn't it be easier if we just clicked a button that said "Block Sender"? Then viola! From that second on, any emails from that sender go right into the Trash.

Sometimes I wonder if the reason they don't have a button like that right now is because that would immediately become the most popular button on the planet and the volume of email would dro... [More]

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Unsubscribe Links Should Always Be Instant.

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You decide you no longer want to get daily emails from Rubber Chicken of the Day, so you click the Unsubscribe button, and it tells you it will take 28 days to stop getting emails. 28 days. Really?


Here's a simple idea. It doesn't matter if you use a third party marketing company to send your emails. You've got a computer. They've got a computer. It's not hard to provide a simple way for them to get up-to-date lists that are current as of the exact moment they send your emails.

I've been in the computer industry for over 34 years, so it boggles my mind when I click Unsubscribe, then see a message telling me I'll still get emails for up to 28 days or more, Are they that lazy? Or are they simply that reluctant to get you to stop getting their emails.

Even a lazy progr... [More]

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Have you noticed that most of your current inbox Isn't from actual people?


I remember the first time I ever received an email from a company, rather than a person. Before the Internet, every email I ever wrote or received was from somebody I knew. Back then, there was no @ in your email address because you could only send mail to a small group of people who happened to use the same online service as you.

Once the Internet came along, everything changed. I remembered getting this odd email and thinking... who the heck is this? My first reaction was to write them back and ask them if it was a mistake. I wondered how they even knew my email address. I didn't get a response. How rude. I couldn't imagine why anyone would take the time to write me, and not even write me back... [More]

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