Resurrecting my Hotmail Account
I’ve got way too many email addresses, there’s no question about that. I think it’s funny, though, that the address I created way back in the mid 90s is still the one I use (among others) on a daily basis. The problem is SPAM. You see, I haven’t always been keen on when, where and who to give my email to. This has resulted in massive amounts of spam over the years. Sleep pills and mortgage and porn, oh my!
In the past two years, I have seen great progress from MSN in filtering SPAM and junk emails. To their credit, I never see porn in my inbox anymore, and I seldom see other blantantly spammy emails. These emails go directly to junk mail where I let them fester and die. Nevertheless, my inbox is gorged with random offers, old newsletters and other ads.
Do I still get good emails from friends and other legitimate emails? Yes…which leads me to my point. I realize that Microsoft is probably not going away anytime soon, and Hotmail isn’t either. With more email accounts than anyone else, and rivals Google and Yahoo pumping money into their mail protocols, Hotmail is destined to improve. In fact, a beta code-named Kahuna is already rolling out. So instead of forgetting about my account, I want to improve it. Earlier this year I decided to try and take back control of my account. I’ve already unsubscribed from countless newsletters (that I never subscibed for in the first place).
The goal: No more spam in the inbox by 2006. Is it possible? I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s worth a shot.