If you are reading this I know you are an email addict.
You live for the ping. You crave the pop-up notification. Your hands sweat just a little as you open a waiting communique.
How often do you check for new email?
Every day? Twice a day? Every hour? Every five minutes?
I have friends at Microsoft who — a decade ago before it was fashionable to be “always on” and “forever in touch” — set their email program to check for new mail messages every sixty seconds.
That behavior was disturbing then — and quaint now.
My how time and tide have changed!
Those who own BlackBerry devices have “real time” email where your BlackBerry tickles — and gets tickled back — checking for new messages all day every day every second of the day: The instant new mail arrives you are notified.
How many email accounts do you regularly check a day? I am currently using 15 separate email accounts.
My previous high a few years ago was 25. I manage all my accounts online via Google Apps for Your Domain Premier Edition: a 10 gig email store is an addict’s syringe!
Do you use an email program to download your mail or do you strictly use a web interface to interact with your email?
How many email aliases do you have for each email account?
When you check for new mail and find nothing — how does that make you
feel? Unimportant? Sad? Disappointed? Anticipatory? Relieved?
When a slew of new mail arrives, do you read each email and reply in
turn, or do you read all your mail first and then selectively reply?
Do you save every email you create and receive?
How do you organize your saved mail? Do you use folders or labels or
some other method? Do you still print out email or is saving the
message electronically enough?
Do you regularly backup your email?
How many pieces of email — not including Spam — do you process every
Do you filter your mail based on keywords? If yes, how many filters
have you created?
Do you subscribe to any daily email updates, discussion groups, or
alert services to help lessen the heartbreak of checking for new mail
and only finding an empty syringe… uh… Inbox?