Thursday, September 23, 2010

Unsubscribe is now easy

This is not an anti-spam service. I already have three of those: spamcop.net, scr.im and the ESET Smart Security program. No, this is a service that helps you unsubscribe from all those darn email newsletters and PR announcements that I swear I never agreed to and I sure as hell aren't going to read.
Unsubscribe.com is a new service, so it's a bit rough around the edges. So try the free version, which allows you to unsubscribe from 5 newsletters a month. This gives you the chance to check whether it works with your mail service before you liberate $19 per year for the "unlimited" plan. As I said, it isn't for "spam", but for "bacon": those email newsletters and announcements that companies love to send.
There is a Chrome plugin for Gmail, and an add-in for Outlook 2007/2010 (32-bit), but no plugin (yet) for Yahoo Mail. So instead you just forward the message to mail@unsubscribe.com, and they figure it out. You get a daily/weekly message that tells you which services have been unsubscribed, and you can unsubscribe from his too. Cool. Simple. And it seems to work pretty well.

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