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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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Instagram Direct. Instagram wants in on Sexting


Instagram recently announced a new feature of their platform: Instagram Direct.

What’s Instagram Direct?

Good question.

Instagram Direct is a feature that lets users who follow one another send direct messages, which can include photos or videos, to each other.

Where Instagram was once user images and video shared on a public broadcast feed, Instagram now offers users the ability to send images, video and text privately.

And, more importantly, it enables users to conduct private chat, making the platform very Twitter-like.

Conversations can be one-on-one or one to many (up to 15).

The minute I heard the service was being offered, my mind went immediately to Anthony Weiner.

I mean what utility is Instagram Direct, really?

Plenty, if your intentions are nefarious.

Instagram Direct is a boon for cheaters and the bane of their spouses and significant others.

What better way to flirt than to send flicks of your unmentionables in a direct message?

And without having your package exposed to the world via your public feed.

See a girl or boy you like, send them a nasty message and a little bit o’ skin, see what happens.

Before you know it Instagram Direct will be like Ashley Madison allowing users to find compatible freaks online.

And without paying a recurring membership fee.

Not that I know how Ashley Madison works…but I’ve heard.

Anywho, I’ve yet to take Instagram Direct for a true spin, so this assessment is potentially replete with inaccuracies and misstatements.

But I did walk through the process and have a few screen shots to share.

When you’re on your home screen on Instagram, there’s a new inbox icon in the top right corner.

Instagram Direct

Clicking it opens up your “Direct” box.

Click the “+” sign and you’re off.

Direct dash

Your camera opens up and you can take or select a picture from your photo gallery.

From there, you can scale & crop, add features, a caption/message and then select who you want to send the photo to from your followers and people you follow.

Instagram Direct Share To List

Instagram Direct keeps a tally of the number of people you’ve selected with a “Send to #” at the bottom of the page.

Click the green “send to” bar at the bottom and Viola! you’re done.

Direct message sent

While this seems like a good thing, Instagram Direct introduces a subtle threat to the formerly “private” nature of the platform.

What threat?


More specifically, cyber-stalkers can get at you directly.

Instagram Direct gives the pervs, dweebs and weirdos, you’d otherwise remain blissfully ignorant of, the ability to get all up in your in-box/request queue.

Instagram trolls (virtual voyeurs who stalk your Instagram feed but can’t comment or message you because they’re not your friends) can now legitimately send direct messages and pester you.

By simply dropping an image or video, they can initiate unsolicited contact with anyone posting content on Instagram.

Even though you still have the ability to ignore, block and/or reject that invitation (which is what an unsolicited message to someone you’re not friends with becomes) you’re now going to be confronted with their freakish pleas for attention.

If they get too pesky, you can block them like on other services, so it’s not that big of a deal (says the unpopular boy).

I’m not a big Instagrammer so Instagram Direct is a social media trend lost on me (from a purely utilitarian perspective), but if you think it’s the next big thing, I’d love to hear about it.

Better yet, Instagram Direct me.

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