The Great Email Exodus!
A co-worker happened to see my Gmail inbox one day and the amount of unread emails caught his eye. It was roughly 11,000+. He then bet me $5 that I wouldn’t delete anything before the year 2008. After a couple of test searches, to see if there was really anything of value in those emails, I decided to remove the old emails. I didn’t get the $5 though, because it wasn’t spontaneous anymore. Don’t worry, I didn’t delete any emails either. From that experience, though, I’ve been a little more conscious of just how big my digital property collection is. I don’t think I horde a lot of physical items, but I am certainly a horder when it comes to digital property.
For years, I’ve been using Gmail as a storage depot for mailing lists, emails from my other domains, etc. I’m starting the slow process of removing the things I really don’t need. The mailing lists are the easiest. As of June 1, 2010 I’m using about 2840 MB (38%) of 7461 MB storage Google set me up with. Let’s see how long it takes me to get that number down.