Spam and bacn may both reside in your email home, but spam gives bacn a bad rap.
Bacn (pronounced like bacon), is email that you subscribe to. So it is not unsolicited and it is legal. It is often described as “email you want but not right now” and “better than spam, but not as good as personal email.” Examples of bacn include Google News updates, Facebook notifications, and Group deals. They’re the emails you receive because you’ve chosen to sign up on a website.
Email productivity tip: If your inbox is clogged with bacn, for immediate triage, take the following steps:
- Type “Unsubscribe” in your email program’s search box.
- Scan over the emails to see that there are important emails. If it’s safe to remove all the emails, hit Delete.
Email productivity tip: As the new bacn trots into your inbox and you no longer wish to subscribe to the notifications, click the “Unsubscribe” links. You’ll find the links in teeny tiny font at the end of the email.
Email productivity tip: Create customized folders and use your email program’s filtering system to set up rules to filter the bacn into the designated folders. When you choose to read the emails, they’ll be waiting for you.
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