Moving Emails: Close the Deal, Press Delete

With today’s use of social networking sites, sending personal emails has become far and few. We message on Facebook, Tweet out to friends or post about our day on open blogging sites. Writing a semi formal piece from start to finish has almost become old fashioned. Why send an email when the majority is communicating elsewhere? Today’s majority use personal emails as a form of advertisement or professional communication, not the entertaining interpersonal communication that they were ten years ago.

Dealing with the ever changing advancement of technology, we find ourselves creating a new personal email address as popularity shifts to a new site. Changing primary email addresses helps to provide us with highly simplified use, a more professional profile, and a general satisfaction we were lacking. All of the past offers and accounts linked to the old address are either transferred, stored or forgotten. In a way, changing our primary account is a manner of moving. Like the transfer of homes, we make the move and settle into a new email address. Who needs AOL when we have Gmail?

Though your new account may favorable to say the least, what happened to the old one? Though some services may lock out a user or delete files after an extended period of absence, those that do not simply fill. Like a jam packed mail box, folders explode with so many messages it would seem silly to even attempt sorting through them.

If we do not fully delete and account, emails are still able to be sent and received as long as the user remembers their password. So what exactly have we left behind? Old contacts may be attempting to reconnect more than you realize. There may be a few job offers hidden within that full two year old spam folder. You may have won a trip to Hawaii! Letting spam take over an account is like letting insects into an abandoned home. Not only is the account overrun but it is taking up empty space.

When buying a new home we always attend the “closing”. This ceremonial paper signing parallels with the ability to hit the “confirm delete” button on an email account. We do not allow a house to stand vacant forever and neither should your old email address. Close the deal, press delete.

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