All posts for “email”


New Video: Email Access - Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on January 10, 2013- 11:20am

Topic: New Video

Categories: email, Explanation, servers, webmail


Today we’re announcing a new video suggested by our members: Email Access - Explained by Common Craft. Email has evolved over the years. It used to live on our computers, but it now lives on servers and this evolution has changed how we think about email. This video highlights what these changes mean for the average email user. It teaches:   • Basic email infrastructure: servers and email boxes • Why email is often safe, even when a computer is ruined • The difference between POP and IMAP... Continue Reading

I Was Never Taught Email Skills

Posted by: leelefever on August 27, 2012- 9:46am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: communication, email, Explanation, work


The best I can remember, my formal education in written communication ended in formal letter writing.  We learned where to put the return address and date, how to write a salutation and where to sign it.  While these are still valuable skills, in the past ten years, I have used this knowledge approximately zero times. Yet, I have likely written tens of thousands of emails over the same period.   No one ever taught me how to communicate with a computer or email. It just happened - I got a... Continue Reading

A Spammer is Spoofing My Email Address

Posted by: leelefever on April 20, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: email, rant, spam


How fun.  Imagine my delight to wake up the last couple of days to find thousands of bounced emails - all with my address in the From: line.  It's such an honor to see my address associated with other legitimate brands that are so proven in the fields of appendage enlargement.  Here's what happens... A spammer needs to send spam emails and they don't want to use an address associated with them.  So, they add someone else's address to the From: field of the email.  When the email bounces, it... Continue Reading

Very into the Very Short List

Posted by: leelefever on December 5, 2007- 4:00pm


Categories: blogging, email, newsletter, onething, popculture


At the moment Google reader tells me that I have 490 unread items. Once again my feeds are mocking me.  The problem is that of the 490, I'll think 4.9 were really interesting. Such is the blog world I suppose. This kind of minor overload is one of the reasons I love the Very Short List.  It's a single email 5 days a week (with a web site) that succinctly reviews a tidbit of semi-obscure pop culture. They use great writing and cool little Venn Diagrams to explain their product and each... Continue Reading

The Big UNsubscribe

Posted by: leelefever on November 30, 2005- 4:00pm


Categories: email, personal, twinf


How long has it been since you really thought about all the things you subscribe to in email? The newsletters, the notifications, the email lists. It's so easy to delete the old stuff when it comes in that you might be used to doing just that - deleting instead of unsubscribing. I've spent the last couple of weeks unsubscribing from everything and I was amazed at the sheer number of things that came in, but always went unread. My guess is there were 25-30 different newsletters and updates. I... Continue Reading

New Tool: Create RSS Feeds via Email

Posted by: leelefever on February 1, 2004- 4:00pm


Categories: cooltools, email, rss


As many of you may know- RSS is a way for you to "subscribe" to a web site so that you are notified whenever something new is posted. More and more sites are creating RSS "feeds" that allow you to subscribe to them without providing an email address. You need a newsreader to "subscribe".(More on RSS basics here) This entry will describe how you can create an RSS feed and then post information to the feed by sending an email to a specific address. Robin Good pointed me to a new tool tool that... Continue Reading

Bill Gates Says Email Not Dead.

Posted by: leelefever on October 15, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: email, microsoft, spam


Informatics: Gates foretells death of spam Ok, he didn't say those exact words, but he's a believer that technology will eventually beat spammers. He recently spoke at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva. He called on anonymity to be removed from internet protocols like SMTP, because it allows spammers to mimic other users, and suggested that passwords could be replaced by smart cards and biometric technologies. "We have to know who is accessing the network. By being able to identify who the... Continue Reading

Banning Email is a Bad Idea

Posted by: leelefever on September 21, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: business, email

Comments reported recently that the CEO of Phones 4 U has banned email in the office. "I saw that e-mail was insidiously invading Phones 4U, so I banned it immediately," Caudwell said in a statement. "Phones 4U staff have been told to get off the keyboards, get face-to-face or on to the phone to colleagues. While I can certainly see how email can waste time, this seems extreme. This CEO is throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Here are some things that I think are bad about a policy like... Continue Reading

What if Email Went Away?

Posted by: leelefever on September 15, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: business, email


InfoWorld: E-mail's special power: September 12, 2003: By Jon Udell I really liked this article about email. Jon Udell asks what would happen if all email crashed- what would we use to replace it? By asking these questions, he helps to define the best uses of email. By looking at a world without email, we begin to see how other technologies like RSS, Weblogs, Instant Messaging etc. can fill in the gaps. But, most importantly, it shows what gaps cannot be filled. The result is what email is... Continue Reading

Marketing Sherpa Says: Email Not Dead

Posted by: leelefever on September 10, 2003- 5:00pm


Categories: email

Comments : Email Survey Says Email Not Dead According to 2,327 marketers in-the-field who reported their data in last week's MarketingSherpa Email Metrics Survey, email is not dead yet. Not even close to dying. (Not even coughing a little.) Last week I said email is not dead and I was happy to see these results. The writers say that companies are learning to measure and test more effectively and this is contributing to better rates. I personally don't focus on email marketing. I... Continue Reading