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eMail: lots of accounts, no organisation

My name is Andrew, i'm 24, and i'm a email-account-oholic

My Thunderbird is jammed packed with email accounts, from general day-to-day usage ones, to one shot "i need a email account for this mailing list" accounts, and thats not even counting the 20ish forwarders i have on the server-side, Add to that two gmail accounts and i've got a right royal mess.

Within the next week or so my old server is finally going to be decomissioned and i'm moving my hosting solution to a new provider so this presents a oppertunity to give my email accounts a spring clean.

My question is: how do the people of 43F handle their email accounts, do you have seperate accounts for types of mail (such as personal mail, public email address, mailing lists) or a catch-all solution? Any hints or recomendations would be much appreciated.

TOPICS: Life Hacks
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Email Triage

3 email accounts:
1. My own domain "me@me.com". This is the main one. It has good spamfilters. All personal stuff and business/purchases that I want notification on.
2. Yahoo account with alternative domain mapped onto it (cheap). "me@me.net". All subscriptions where I might want to stay informed, but don't want the noise to overwhelm me. Yahoo has some basic filters which help divide and conquer.
If I want to give out an email address at a conference, this one is fine.
3. Hotmail account: the toilet bowl for any online regs I make. I do visit & clean the toilet bowl, actually about as often as I clean the real one at home.

I can "get to zero" really fast on accounts 2 & 3. Account #1 I am trying to keep as lean as makes sense. Archiving once I read into a secondary folder.




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