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VidBITS: Email Strategies of the TidBITS Staff

by Adam C. Engst

While we were having the internal discussions that led to two articles in last week’s issue of TidBITS — “Mailbox for iPhone Eases Email Triage but Lacks Key Features [1]” (22 February 2013) by Josh Centers and “It’s Not Email That’s Broken, It’s You [2]” (23 February 2013) by Joe Kissell — I started wondering about how my TidBITS colleagues actually deal with their email. It was an odd thought, since I exchange email with these people daily, sometimes hourly, but I see only their replies, not how they handle my incoming messages, much less the vast quantity of other messages that arrive every day.

So in this week’s staff roundtable [3], I asked Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson, Michael Cohen, and Tonya Engst if they found email stressful, what their basic email strategy was, and how they integrated iOS devices into that strategy (and I shared my approach as well). Some interesting takeaways:

In the end, I came away with the realization that no app or technique that promises to solve email overload can possibly help everyone, since we all have different needs and proclivities. Nevertheless, tune in, and perhaps you can pick up some tips that will help you take control of your email! And if you have an email strategy that works well for you, please share it in the comments.

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