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Blog Notifications Flood My Gmail

Yesterday I got a call from a school in need of books, but I wasn't at the right house to get it. My husband gave me the message and I called back to find the caller wasn't there. I left my Gmail address with the person I talked to and asked that caller email the list of what she wanted me to check stock on. About half an our later I checked my email to see if the teacher had sent the request. What did I see instead? What you see in the screen shot and more. In all there were about a hundred notifications of new posts from this one blog. I unsubscribed and emailed her to explain why. The email I was looking for came in this morning.

First, let me say the blog in question is informative. I subscribed because I enjoy it. I often learn something I didn't know. I had been getting weekly emails for new posts, and then, suddenly, what must have been the links to every previous post all at once. I can't believe it was intentional. She's not a spammer. That's why I emailed her. Had this happened on my home computer where everything goes neatly into a file as it comes in, I would not have been so upset. But having my inbox invaded like this was overwhelming. I'm guessing there was a glitch in her subscription service. That's a bit scary. It might happen to any unsuspecting blogger.

Have you ever had something like this happen?

Image Credit » Screen Shot from my computer

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paigea wrote on July 31, 2014, 6:45 PM

I have no experience reading or writing blogs. I get enough emails from mystery shopping, I don't need more!

sandyresearch wrote on July 31, 2014, 7:00 PM

Yes, I've had it happen. But, I wasn't sure if I made a mistake. In my case I signed up for more than one post not realizing that I only needed to sign up for one. In your case, it seems like something else going on. At least, you are on top of it.

JanetJenson wrote on July 31, 2014, 7:57 PM

Well, yes, Barb, but all you have to do is go into your gmail settings and set up a filter so that all mail from a particular sender goes into a particular folder. For instance, I have a separate folder for my brother named so that it is above all the rest of my folders. This means I see anything he sends me first. Things like blog responses go in a folder I named LowPriority and activity on sites such as this would go in a folder I named PTW Notifications.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 8:09 PM

The scam emails? I only get a few of those. I don't mind blog notifications that come in once a week or so. I just don't like to swamped from one address all at once.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 8:12 PM

I don't feel on top of it. Once I get to my home computer I can see that they get filed properly and I will be able to delete them from the gmail server.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 8:15 PM

I have my computer set to download everything in my inbox that way, but if I use folders in Gmail itself, only what's in the inbox will be downloaded to my computer and go into the proper folder on my hard drive. I want everything downloaded to my home computer.

Scorpie wrote on July 31, 2014, 8:39 PM

Fortunately Gmail gives a lot of free space.

inertia4 wrote on July 31, 2014, 9:00 PM

BarbRad I get spam but nothing like that. I never received tons of emails in a row form one source. I do deal with spam everyday. But luckily it is manageable.

BarbRad wrote on July 31, 2014, 9:18 PM

Yes. I really need to go though and delete a lot of email from causes. Wish I knew how to sort it alphabetically from sender so I could easily delete them. I can do it in Apple Mail, but not sure on Yahoo and Gmail.

JanetJenson wrote on August 1, 2014, 3:24 AM

I thought there was a sych feature somewhere, but I haven't learned it yet. My tablets and phone do so many things automatically now that I sometimes feel left out of the loop.

BarbRad wrote on August 1, 2014, 4:29 AM

Until today, I never had either.

inertia4 wrote on August 1, 2014, 1:47 PM

BarbRad well then, there is a first time for everything. I hope it never happens again like that.

FreyaYuki wrote on August 2, 2014, 5:54 PM

Did you find out why you received so many blog notifications in your Gmail? I haven't experienced anything like that but that would certainly be annoying if you got so many and all at once.