THE 1000 E-MAIL INBOX

I bet most of you have an e-mail account. If you do, you probably use an e-mail client like Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, or Mac Mail. I use something called Pine to access my primary e-mail account. Pine was the first e-mail client I was introduced to way back in 1994. I still like it for its simplicity and security. It’s virtually impossible to get a virus from an e-mail while using Pine. Oh sure, other e-mail clients have fancier features, but I like my Pine.

The one thing I don’t like about my e-mail account is the fact that my inbox contains nearly 1000 messages. I’m horrible at filing away messages into folders. Even though I have and use folders for school, TA stuff, and job related messages, my inbox is still pushing a grand. I keep a lot of e-mails because I always think I’ll need to them in the future, but I rarely figure out in what context.

For some reason, I feel a bit of shame when the inbox goes over 1000 messages. When that happens, without fail, I go and force myself to find a few messages to delete to bring it in under 1000.

Now that school is over, I want to go through my inbox and really do some housecleaning. Make new folders, delete messages from the penis pill companies, and just generally organize things.

I’m curious, how many e-mails do you have in your inbox?

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