In-Boxes Filling up with Unwanted email due to Social Media
We recently offered a blog to respond to questions about growing email overload from our members and experience personally. Little did we know that the topic of email overload would be so hot and heavily discussed among technology writers and the popular reporting sources? A flurry of new advice continues as the tech writers are responding with new email solutions.
This is happening because of the rapidly increasing amount of unwanted email. This is the result of the increasing use of email news and notification services provided via social media, especially via Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Google Plus.
We and others recommend being careful when joining groups within social networks that push email notifications to group members. It’s great to be social and belong to many groups and to grow your network and circles, but this also means that you will often receive a big increase of notifications and updates going right to your inbox.
I monitored a webinar presentation last week in which one of the hosts, the President of a high tech firm complained vigorously about this growing email problem. He turned his webcam around to show his inbox containing a stream of email notifications from social media that he now needed to opt-out or spam block.
Some business owners are coming up with new email policies and solutions. One of the most interesting recently is this story: Why Limiting Emails to 50 Words Is a Great Idea
Reprinted from that story below:
“As Business Insider has subsequently reported, a software engineer at the company took the challenge and wrote a script to apply the 50-words-and-under limit to Gmail.
When compared to Twitter’s 140-character limit, this is actually quite generous. Since that quota evens out to about 25 words, you would now have double the amount to say in an email than what you might tweet. As Twitter users well know, crafting tweets can be tricky, but you can pretty much get across whatever you need to say. With 50 words, you would have no excuse. Enforcing discipline would improve the content of most emails. There’s a timeworn case to be made that shorter is better.”
That story got many hundreds of responses; one was; “What you’re suggesting is kind of ridiculous. It’s not my fault if you suffer from a short attention span. Some things require a lot more than 50 words to communicate.”