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  • Email help-I've run out of folders!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi all!

    Well, I actually went to 2 Billy Idol concerts on Sunset Strip.....wow....awesome concert, but that is another story.

    I have AOL for email which is free for me. I have been putting all my emails into the appropriate folders...when BAM!!! I ran out of folders, I have 42 folders and now I need more. I need to change over to another email address with a whole bunch of folders, and I need to forward them to the new email address, and plus it needs to be free. What do you guys suggest? I sort of beginner with the email stuff, so try to keep it on my level (beginner).

    Thanks!
    John

  • #2
    Try gmail

    If you have to use such a free email account, try gmail. It has tags instead of folders. One email in fact can be tagged by multiple tags, unlike folders. Further it has excellent search facilities, which make you feel sometimes that tags are not that needed! The the view of mails is that of conversations, which is a kind of a thread view.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BillyIdol View Post
      I need to change over to another email address with a whole bunch of folders, and I need to forward them to the new email address, and plus it needs to be free. What do you guys suggest?
      Sorry, all my suggestions are not free. I'd get a real account at some ISP and use an offline client. I do not like having e-mail out in the "cloud" on some other server I do not control so I always try to get it off onto a machine I physically control as soon as possible. My current client is Eudora and my e-mail is part of my own business domain name. I am looking at switching to Odysseus once it comes out of beta.

      A lot of folks use g-mail if you can live with the cloud nature of the mail storage.

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      • #4
        I don't know about AOL, but Gmail and a few other web-based mail service allow POP3 access (and IMAP as well, but that's beyond the scope of the discussion). You can use Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird, or what-have-you to send and receive email through their servers. Google "seting up a pop3 client for gmail," and you'll find instructions for configuring each of the popular mail clients, most of which are free (e.g. Thunderbird).

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        • #5
          My two cents: You have too many folders.

          Well, maybe...

          I have cut down the number of folders at work (Outlook) to about a dozen and am in the process of cutting them down at home (KMail). It takes more time to sort or search manually than it is worth. If I ever actually need an old email, I can use the search function and while it is searching, I can do something else.

          In general, I have that you can quickly organize yourself to death. This applies to Email and everything else. Think about the 80:20 rule. You get 80% organization with 20% of the work. For the rare/few times I need something in that last 20% unorganized stuff, the time to find it is minimal compared to the extra time to organize it. Also, since I save the time searching for the "right" place to put it, it compensates for the search time when I am looking for it.

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          • #6
            Instead of trying to put emails into folders, I'd suggest getting an email service that allows you to search emails (like Gmail).

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            • #7
              Email Suggestion

              I have been using Gmail at home for quite a while and I like it. You have a huge amount of storage space, the ability to tag your emails with metadata and a great search function to find anything you need. I wish we used Gmail at work.

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