Ok, I am going to share something with you that I haven’t shown anyone else. Ever. But, no judging, ok?
That’s right. One thousand six hundred and forty two emails in my inbox. I cringe just looking at it. After speaking with Raphael Aquino-Jose, the resident Hotmail expert, I learned that I am a piler. Did you know that 57% of emails stay in the inbox of a piler forever? And that 3/4 of all pilers simply use the search feature to find an important email instead of filing it away?
That’s me. 100%. So, how can Hotmail help?
The one-click filter feature will allow me to filter out messages from certain senders like Facebook and Twitter…..say bye bye to all those notifications in one sweep! I’ve pared down my inbox but still can’t find an important photo. What now? Use the Quick Views feature on the left sidebar and select “Photos.” Instantly, a list of emails with attached photos appear allowing you to quickly find what you need. Too many newsletters? Create a Hotmail alias and have any emails coming from your subscriptions sorted into a specific folder. Your information is now kept safe, sorted and out of your inbox.
I absolutely love the features of Hotmail and I think this tool will be of great use when trying to organize my crazy blogging life. To be honest, I didn’t have a Hotmail account before the phone call with Raphael and was quite happy with my three (yes, three) Gmail accounts. But the good news is that you can sync your current email accounts to Hotmail in order to start organizing right away. Emails from each synced account can even be color coded to organize further.
Want to learn more? Join Raphael for the Tech Tuesday chat on Twitter on August 23rd at 12-1pm as he asks people to pick the most fitting hashtag (#imapiler, #imafiler, #imadeleter) and share information about sorting, cleaning, deleting and hoarding your emails. To join, follow #win7tech and you may just win $500 in Merry Maids cleaning services!
I have since signed up for Hotmail and I am happily organizing my emails as we speak. I am hoping to get my inbox back under control….I should have control of something, right? What’s your inbox like? Are you a piler, a filer or a deleter? Come on, I know some other pilers are out there!