As a money-saving driven consumer, social media junkie and overall internet junkie, I’m constantly battling with an overflowing email inbox. I’ve tried numerous solutions to deal with the issue of too many emails and have finally settled on an amazing web-based solution called Mailstrom.
Mailstrom is designed specifically for reducing the amount of email in your inbox. It works with IMAP accounts, specifically Google’s Gmail. You cannot compose
or reply in Mailstrom.
While you cannot compose
or reply, you can click on links within emails and unsubscribe.
UPDATE 5/30/2013: You can now REPLY in Mailstrom!!
Mailstrom offers various options for sorting. Sort by sender, subject, lists, time, social, shopping and size.
Here’s a closer look at the view by time. Two days, two weeks and then months are displayed, including a view for the remainder of the current month.
The social view displays emails from popular social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook and more. This is just a snapshot of what’s in my email inbox.
Here’s a closer look at the message list. Messages are sorted by the senders with the largest number of emails.
The message panel displays the sender, subject, date and time. Select All is checked by default, allowing you to quickly archive, delete or move related emails. Uncheck a box or two to keep the latest email in your inbox and then archive, delete or move the rest.
The move function, now offers an option to create a rule to apply to future messages. At this time Mailstrom only works with your inbox and not sub-folders. I stay away from the “move” function, as that’s what got me into this bind in the first place.
Within each you view you can filter. In the example below, I searched under the sender view using the keyword “mom”. Results for all sender names or email addresses containing the word “mom” are displayed.
By default all senders are selected. This is indicated by the orange highlight. All search results display in the email list on the right hand side. If you want to view emails for just one sender within the results, click on that sender’s name.
I can’t begin to imagine a day where I actually have zero emails, but the more I use Mailstrom and unsubscribe to things I don’t really “need”, the closer I get. In fact, if you take a look at the very first image in this post, you will see that I’ve been deleting emails throughout this overview of Mailstrom. I started with 1,554 and in just a few minutes I had deleted 40 emails!
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Mailstrom is constantly working to improve the product. You’ll also receive a daily inbox report containing email stats such as top senders, top subjects, email volume detailing messages received and messages deleted and finally sent messages based on Gmail statistics.
When you click on the Go To Mailstrom button in the email, you’re taken to recommendations from Mailstrom, which is a quick way to get a start on cleaning up your email.
At the very bottom, when you select Go To Analysis, you’ll be taken to the main Mailstrom interface.
When I started using Mailstrom, I had over 15,000 emails in my inbox. I had reached the point, where I didn’t even want to open my email. While I’m still working towards a smaller inbox, things are much more manageable.
My email issue caused problems with finances, friends & family, professional networks I belonged to and more. Even with a large number of emails, Mailstrom can help make things manageable.
I highly recommend using Mailstrom. It’s particularly useful for bloggers, like me! Be sure to spread the word. It’s free!
Mailstrom is made by 410 labs.