Everyone has done it one time or another. You subscribed to too many email newsletters and got overloaded. I have an email address that was so overpopulated with junk, spam and newsletters I just gave up on it.
Instead of getting deeper and deeper into newsletter hell, you can use Unsubscribe.com to help reclaim your inbox. I am really surprised there aren’t more services like this readily available or even built into email programs.
What Unsubscribe works with
Unsubscribe works with many of the major web mail providers and a few desktop clients. I would have guessed there may be an Outlook plugin, but it also works with Apple’s Mail and Thunderbird too.
Once you have your account all set up, you will need to download a plugin for your mail application or your browser. The extension adds a tab in your inbox window.
I used the Firefox add-on and a Yahoo account for this example. You will need to grant Unsubscribe access to your web based email account. You will be asked the first time you use the application.
How to Unsubscribe
In the Yahoo example, there are three ways to unsubscribe from newsletters.
- Open the newsletter then press the Unsubscribe button.
- Check the box to the left of the message and press the Unsubscribe button.
- Forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of these will have the exact outcome.
Desktop email clients
If you use Outlook, there is a plug-in you can install. The way it works is very similar to the web mail button. There are three different plug-ins. Make sure you get the correct one for your Version of Outlook.
If you use another desktop mail client, there aren’t any add-ons for them. You will need to forward the emails to email@example.com.
If you use an email service like Live or still have an AOL email account, you will need to use the forwarding option as well. I know it isn’t as convenient as a browser button, but there are advantages to the forwarding option.
The forwarding option offers something the plugins do not have: access from anywhere. If you are at the airport or taking the train to work, you can go through your emails from your mobile phone.
This option will also work great from a shared computer.
The limitation to the free account is you can only unsubscribe from five unwanted mailing lists a month. If you are in deep, it may take a while to eliminate all of your email overload. It will do the job though.
If you want eliminate them all in one sitting, there is a paid version with a yearly fee.
When it comes to mailing lists, some people uses temporary email address to sign up for the deal, but if you have innocently gave your personal email address out, this Unsubscribe plugin will definitely come in handy. I am only wondering why this has not been around till now. It would be a great thing to have built into a web based email. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see some one like Google or Microsoft buy a company like this and add it to their email offerings.
What are your tips for eliminating email clutter?