Yesterday John made a post asking “How Much Spam Do You Get Per Day?“. John also posted a picture of his Gmail account, which showed 1,022 spam emails within a twenty four hour period. It’s funny that John wrote the post, because I’ve been meaning to write something like this as well, as I’ve noticed quite a large number in my Gmail account for the spam folder.
I really like the Gmail interface and how easy it is to search out emails, and it’s really great because you don’t have to worry about data storage since Google provides an always growing amount. So as of now, my Gmail spam folder currently has 177,576 emails over the past thirty days. Another nice feature of Gmail, is that they automatically delete spam email once it has been around for 30 days. This works out to around 5,919 spam emails receive a day… or nearly 1 every 4 mins. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even bother looking through my spam folder. I had a spam filter placed on my servers, but it was actually causing more problems than helping. Gmail has been doing a better job sorting through the spam and has a good idea of what to sort out and what not. It hasn’t been a problem, but if someone can’t get me by email they can always use my blog contact form, AIM or my cell.
Not only do I have a massive amount of email in my spam folder, but I have over 12,000 unread messages in my INBOX as well! The majority of these are emails I wanted to check and didn’t get a chance to… and any crap mail I simply missed deleting. I always read and try to reply to all of my blog email. If you’ve sent an email in the past and haven’t received a response, don’t take it personal… I either meant to reply earlier and the delay had it pushed down in the pile or it was overlooked somehow.
I’ve been using Gmail almost since it first came out. Compared to when I was using Microsoft Outlook, my overall experience is phenomenally better. What type of email provider are you using, and how much time is spent during your day checking and replying to your email? You’d be surprised how fast the time builds up and how much of a distraction it can be!