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This week Digitwirl shows you how Organizer can help tame your out of control Inbox.
Here are OtherInbox we are always looking at ways to make your email life even easier. With the latest update we have introduced a new tab in Organizer for our Yahoo! users called the Dashboard.
Like the Daily Digest the Dashboard groups your emails into categories, like Offers, Shipping Notices, Social Updates and Travel etc.
Looking for a special offer? Need to find that confirmation code in a hurry? Keeping up with your busy social life? then the Dashboard is your new best friend!
The Dashboard also has “Quick click” links, which take you directly into the action without having to open the email first. Got a friend request? Just click on “Accept” from the dashboard to jump directly to Facebook.
To take a look at your own email Dashboard just click on Automatic Organizer in the list of applications inside Yahoo! mail.
Don’t be shy about letting us know what you think or what else we can do to improve your Organizer experience. Simply drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us on Twitter or post up on Facebook!
For most of our users the Organizer works just fine, right out of the box. But if you have a hankering to customize the application we’ve got some great news. We’re delighted to introduce you to the new and improved senders page. If you use Yahoo! Mail click on Automatic Organizer in the application list to access the Senders page.
Where is that sender?
You can quickly find the sender by typing their name into the search field. Still to many senders? Reduce the scope of the search by selecting one of the pre-defined categories, like Shopping, Entertainment, etc. The list of sender is also sorted to display with the most recently added senders at the top of the list, or you can switch it to an alphabetic list. Quick, easy and convenient.
Customizing is easy
Found the sender, now what? With just one click you can stop Organizer from moving the emails from this sender out of your Inbox. Or change the folder that Organizer uses for emails from this sender. You can still rename the sender if it takes your fancy.
But say you want more control than simply on/off? For example maybe you want most of the emails from your bank moved to your OIB Finance folder, but not the alert emails they occasionally send.
With the new Senders page you have that level of control! Enter the name of the sender into the search field. Then click on the triangle next to their name to see a list of all the email addresses that they use. Now you can control which emails are organized and which ones remain in your Inbox!
Don’t be shy about letting us know what else we can do to improve your Organizer experience. Simply drop us an email at email@example.com, tweet us on Twitter or post up on Facebook!
About a month ago we launch our new Unsubscriber product for Yahoo! mail. The easiest way to unsubscribe from those pesky newsletters and promotional emails, by just moving them into the Unsubscribe folder. No user names or passwords to remember, just peace of mind and a cleaner Inbox.
It has been a huge success with over 550k emails being moved into the Unsubscribe folder everyday. The majority of the feedback that we’ve received is praise for the application along with some suggestions on how to improve it. The most common being that emails in the Unsubscribe folder should not be counted as unread. Seems you don’t like to be reminded that those emails ever existed!
So now, if Unsubscriber moves an email out of your way, it will mark it as “read” as well. Your Unread count will no longer include emails moved by Unsubscriber.
This only affects new emails that are processed, so if your Unsubscribe folder has unread emails in it and you want to clean it up, just follow these simple steps;
Open the folder list, by clicking on the triangle next to the word folder.
Click on the Unsubscribe folder.
Select all the emails in the folder.
From the actions menu select “Mark as Read”.
Note that any unread emails that you manually move into the unsubscribe folder will not automatically marked as read.
Don’t be shy about letting us know what else we can do to improve your Unsubscriber experience. Simply drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us on Twitter or post up on Facebook!
After a call on Father’s Day, I planned to set up Organizer for my Dad. With 15,000 plus emails in his inbox, he had been pretty close to email overload for quite some time! Dad’s Gmail is mainly for his work as an attorney, so while Organizer did not automatically create folders for all the court notifications and seminar updates that usually flood his inbox, we were able to easily create the custom folders he needed!
So we set up two new folders for his countless ACDLA and Alacourt emails. In Gmail, under “manage labels” we created a new label – OIB ACDLA and OIB Alacourt.
I was sure to nest it under the OIB folder so Dad’s sidebar stays nice and neat!
Then we took a look at all the fluff. You know, the stuff my dad doesn’t care about but for some reason he just ignores when it comes in. Yep, it was time for the OIB Unsubscribe folder!
We unsubscribed my Dad from a newsletter he’s had in his inbox since 2007. He couldn’t believe it was so easy to get rid of. Now he can safely and easily unsubscribe from stuff anytime!
So we started with 15,000 emails in Dad’s inbox… After Organizer? 200!
My Dad is very very pleased! And with his email straightened out, Mom is happy too – especially since Dad won’t be asking her “did you delete that email?” Mom is an highly organized individual. Dad? Well, not so much… but now at least his gmail account can be!
Organizer users will testify that their Daily Digest is among the most important emails they receive! And why not? In one quick read of the Digest, they are caught up on all of their low priority emails and have a cleaner, more organized Inbox to boot.
We are constantly looking at ways to improve the Organizer experience. Making the Daily Digest better for our over 1 million sign-ups is paramount, so check out some of the latest improvements.
1. New easy to read summary
2. Helpful links from your emails
TIP- Look for the “>> links” in the Digest to accept invitations, view conversations, browse comments, or visit sites. No need to click through to the actual email!
3. Mobile friendly
A cleaner 2 column design for easier reading on the go.
We are very excited about these changes and hope you guys are too! There is much more to come in the near future.
Looking for something else? Don’t be shy about letting us know what else we can do to improve your Organizer experience. Simply drop us an email at email@example.com, tweet us on Twitter or post up on Facebook!
My Father is the smartest man I know. He’s completely self taught on modern technology. So when he has questions, I have to give him a hall pass on all the crazy, around about ways he uses his applications and the way he finds and interacts with things on the internet.
So if there was ever a person who needed Organizer, it is my Dad. He loves to shop online—Ebay, Charity Buzz, Amazon are all in his inbox. He follows all the sports and news blogs and contributes regularly so they are all in his inbox too!
To say that his inbox is overflowing would be an understatement. My pop pushes the limits on being a email hoarder. In fact, I think they would have to come up with a new name for him : Tyranna-Hoardus Rex! Seriously, I had to set up an email account for my mom on her phone because she could never find her emails in my dad’s inbox. For some crazy (and sweet reason) they had been sharing an email address. I guess they still share everything! =)
So this Father’s Day, while I am very sad that I will not be able to be with him, I will be giving him some quality father-daughter phone time. I’ll surely take a minute to help him set up Organizer on his Gmail to ease the flow of newsletters, notifications, reviews, coupons, receipts, and who knows what else!
How about you? Think your dad could use something like Organizer? I bet he could!
So, I gotta tell you more about my Daily Digest! Call it an update, a cheat sheet, a debriefing… I call it a busy girl’s best friend!
I just got back from Jazzfest in NOLA, catching amazing music and eating as much Cajun/Creole food as I possibly could w/o exploding! I simply did not have time to read all of my email so being able to quickly skim the Digest was awesome!
With my Daily Digest, I don’t always need to open all my mail…at least not right away. Think about it, new friends and followers, new invites to cool events, newsletters and all the other stuff I sign up for are set up in one nice package.
I like to look at it like a daily mini magazine; one that knows all about me and sometimes offers great deals too!
Yep, the Digest has great deals now too! Last week we ran a couple of Mother’s Day specials that were uber cool.
My mom got a lil’ something from Amazon and I didn’t have to pay for shipping?
Thanks Daily Digest!