The New York Times agrees. According to their ethicist, unless the email seems like an emergency or other very important piece of communication, I'm not ethically obligated to reply. This must happen a lot — especially to people with relatively common email addresses. Does this happen to you? How would you handle it?
There are many reasons why Gmail is the best free email service on the Internet, but I'll save my diatribe about that for another day. If you were already thinking of switching to Google's email, they've just rolled out a new feature that automatically imports all your mail and contacts from your old email account — be it Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and more, into your spankin' new Gmail account, no complicated extra steps necessary.
They're even letting you forward your old mail into your new Gmail account for 30 days, so you can test out Gmail and start replying to those emails with your new address.
I have a couple of friends who I've been trying to convert to Gmail for years, and this news renders their excuses totally invalid.
Noun. The joint venture that is a couple using a single email address, i.e., "email@example.com".
Can be the primary email address for the couple, or in addition to their personal email addresses.
Usage: "I can't believe Jane and John have one email address. I never pegged them as a We-Mail couple."
When someone asks for my email address, I have a quick debate: work email or personal email? Before, it was school email or personal email? Now with all my social networks, I feel like I have a million other inboxes to check too.
Over the years, I used to switch email carriers as well; I had Hotmail when it was hot, Yahoo when I got sick of that and I remember how fancy I felt when I got invited to Gmail. I probably have a smattering of email addresses in my name that I'm not even aware of anymore (I am a total deadbeat).
What about you? How many email addresses do you currently have?
Protecting Your Email
Tired of getting spam emails in your inbox? Here are some suggestions to help protect your email from being tracked by special search bots that are used by spammer gurus.
- Do not list your favorite email address on webpages as you normally would.
- Use an alternate email address.
- Open a new email account through a free service like Gmail, Yahoo mail or hotmail. These emails have very effective spam protection filters to send you junk mail to Bulk / spam folders and keep it separate from your inbox.
- Try to get a decent anti-spam, firewall program that will allow you to determine a list of approved senders to make sure you receive e-mail from only those you want.