Friday, April 6, 2012

Wipeout

By Heather

I have a few email accounts. Over the past year, I’ve been trying to combine accounts, but it’s proven harder to do than I thought. With two names, a personal account, and various website addresses...it’s a bit overwhelming.

One of the reasons why it’s so overwhelming is because I’m an email hoarder. That’s right, I admit it. I hoard emails. I have dozens of files. Hundreds of saved emails. So deleting an account means having to go through all those, deciding which to keep and which to get (gasp) rid of.

Well, AOL helped me out this week. I signed on to my personal account the other day, and AOL said it had “updated” me. Before that point, I’d had 53 emails in my inbox and a dozen or so folders.

After the update, I had over 5,000 emails in my inbox.

Yeah.

5,000+.

AOL had put every email I’d ever received and written over the past two years back in my inbox. The good news is that the “update” didn’t touch my folders—so they were safe. But the 53 emails I had in my inbox were now impossible to find. I ended up deleting everything. A complete wipeout.

So now, I have zero emails in that inbox. I’ve been keeping up with ones coming in. I’ll probably keep this account, because I’ve had it for fifteen years, but I’m still trying to consolidate some of the others...but I really hope none of those “update” on me. Don’t know if I can handle that again.

Are you an email hoarder? Or do you stay on top of them?