How I fixed the mess in my personal Gmail
I developed a personal email management system with the goals of 1) reliably separating automated emails from personal emails, 2) creating a mechanism to delete unhelpful and expired email in bulk, and 3) auto-archiving important automated emails.

I miss the days when email was mostly for human-to-human communication. But since email became the universal identification mechanism on the web, we have given up control over what lands in our inboxes. We use our email addresses for e-commerce stores, social networks, forums, accounts on websites and apps, newsletters, fundraisers, etc. It’s not an overstatement to say that what once used to be a personal communication medium has become a dump of system-generated email, some of it useful, some complete junk.

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