Inbox a hot mess? Unroll.Me.

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A few days ago, a friend of mine put me up on some shit for which I will be forever grateful.

I was trolling through my timeline and came across this update:

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up...

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up…

It’s called Unroll.Me and it’s probably the most simplistic but powerful email management application I’ve ever used.

Sound like I’m talking pure shit right?

I don’t blame you for being skeptical.

I was too.

Before I get too deep, let me explain what Unroll.Me is first.

Unroll.Me is an application which allows you to unsubscribe from any of your email subscriptions with one click.

I’m going to give you a second to let what I’ve said sink in.

Unsubscribe from email subscriptions in one click.

If you’re like me, over the years you’ve signed up for one thing or another, registered for something or otherwise gave up your email.

More likely than not, you legitimately subscribed to things you’re no longer interested in receiving – or are at least not interested in seeing in your inbox every day.

And now, your email is a virtual parking lot for spam.

Even with the best spam-catchers, there are some things that still get through.

Enter Unroll.Me.

I signed up and entered the email address for the inbox I wanted cleaned up.

Within a few seconds Unroll.Me had compiled my 206 subscriptions.

Unroll.Me scanning emails

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A few seconds later I had unsubscribed from 203 of them, and created a rollup of the few I wanted to keep.

What’s a “rollup”?

Rollup is a way to manage the emails you want to keep.

The Rollup (what it’s actually called) allows you to combine your favorite subscriptions into a daily digest email called the Rollup.

Kinda like a Google Reader for your emails.

If you’ve ever tried to unsubscribed from an email subscription through the so-called “unsubscribe” links, you’ve probably had mixed results.

But I’ve been on Unroll.Me for a week and it’s made a tremendous difference.

I’ve had nary an errant email in my inbox.

Not one of the 203 subscriptions removed by Unroll.Me have returned.

Not one.

And my inbox is as lovely (and manageable) as it ever was.

So if you’ve got an inbox that’s driving you to drink, get with Unroll.Me.

And you can thank me (and Cara) later.


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9 responses to “Inbox a hot mess? Unroll.Me.

  1. I guess I should update you all. I’m a HUGE fan of Unroll.Me. It’s made my life MUCH more simple.

    Got rid of a lot of the crap I couldn’t ever unsubscribe from and the spam filters + custom filters weren’t doing the job anymore. lets you unsubscribe from something in one click.

    I also use the daily digest which wraps my things in nice neat little categories at the end of the day. If you’re a techno-freak that HAS to stay on top of everything like me, will personalize all of your emails into one place – no longer cluttering your inbox.

    The only thing I think it’s missing are custom groups so that you can say “I want emails from this person be categorized in this way.” It’s a future feature but it can’t get here fast enough. Also, the website is a little janky at times with the popups (on Safari). Other than that, all is great.

    Trust me, just give it a try. You won’t regret it!


  2. bugs181

    Of course my comment didn’t go through last night. DANG public Wifi… UGH!!

    So let me try to repeat what I said last night in a much shorter and unprofessional manner. (Don’t have much time.)

    One thing that wasn’t clear, what happens to the existing emails in the inbox? For example, say I want to unsubscribe to these mundane subscriptions but would like to leave my inbox untouched. Is this possible with Unroll.Me or should I look elsewhere?


  3. commutefromhell

    I have to confess….I’m a little sad that I barely get any emails anymore! But I do LOVE the fact that I don’t have to obsessively check my email so I can delete all my unwanted emails so my inbox is clean. Best. Idea. Ever.

    Btw, how do you think they make $$? Ads? Get paid by how many click-through they get?


  4. commutefromhell

    Wow. You had more than me!!


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