Email addresses and other people
August 7, 2012 1:03 PM Subscribe
I've been using Gmail for several years as my primary email address and have an address that has no numbers tacked on to the end. Over time, more and more people are giving out my email address instead of their own. I'm sure they're doing this mistakenly and not maliciously, but so many websites don't have email verification set up that it's getting really irritating to get, for example, Louisiana Republican mailings when I'm a Canadian citizen. It can often take days or weeks for the unsubscribe to kick in (these 10-21 day unsubscribe policies are ridiculous, but they're out there).
Often, people (as opposed to organizations/companies) will also email me, thinking that I'm their friend, because they forgot a number or something at the end of their friend's email address or some such thing. This is equally annoying, but at least all it (usually) takes is a quick email saying "hey, check with your friend because this isn't their email address, thanks". But that's still somewhat irritating.
I do not want to give up my current Gmail address. What can I do to cope with all this?
posted by juliebug to computers & internet (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Many, many moons ago, I also had a hotmail address, which I absolutely had to give up because of the same problem. The mistaken identity spam for hotmail was insane and only got worse, so I abandoned it. I'd really like to avoid that option, but I'm getting at least 10-20 emails a week that are emphatically not meant for me. Is there any way to work around people's stupidity?