Email in 2015

I’m trying to think of a way to phrase my recommendation for how users deal with email….

I’ll recommend that they have two email addresses.

One I would call, “your main fire hose”…., and the second one I’d call, “for VIP personal human communication only”.

(1)  Your Main Firehouse address is the one you use everywhere. It’s the one you freely use on the Internet. You use it to sign up for accounts online.  You display it on your website and on your business card.

This address thus will receive all the newsletter crap from every web site you’ve ever logged in to… and loads of spam…..  as well as important automated alert messages from your bank, your web hosting company, and many other automated systems.  It will also receive messages and inquiries from brand new customers or new contacts that contact you out of the blue.

Obviously, it’s very important to receive some of these messages — the important ones.  It’s crucial that they don’t slip through the cracks.  It is also very important to be able to be contacted by VIP people who want to contact you out of the blue for the first time —- people you haven’t met yet — potential big new customers, when the news media wants to interview you, or when Bill Gates wants to buy your company. That’s why you must protect this address from the firehose of spam.

So I recommend having this address forward to your Gmail account and making abundant use of Gmail’s “Filters” feature to automatically archive or delete all unwanted newsletters and other junk.  Every single time you receive a new junk newsletter,  create a filter to automatically delete or archive all future emails from that sender.  I don’t even bother to unsubscribe. I just set it to automatically delete or archive them. This way in my inbox stays 98% clean… and I still can get an email from someone new.   My firehose email address is bruce@brucewagner.com

(2)  Your “VIP personal human communication only” address is the one you give to no one.   Treat that address like a secret “private line” to reach you.   Only the people closest to you get that address…, including your family, close friends, key business partners, and true VIPs in your life.  You never use that address when you login or sign up for anything ever.  You never publish that address… not even on your business card.

These are also the most sensitive and personal conversations you have… So there’s absolutely no reason why they should not be end-to-end encrypted.  We have to begin protecting our privacy from Google, Facebook, and all of our other Big Brothers out there.

For that address, I recommend using your own new address at tutanota.com and give it out only on a VIP need to know basis.   Tutanota has an app for your smartphone that’s as good, or better than, Gmail’s app…  It’s amazingly easy to use, and free.   Strongly encourage your inner circle to use their own Tutanota address as well, so encryption happens automatically.  There’s absolutely nothing they have to do, if they are using an @tutanota.com or @tuta.io address.

But even for those who refuse to create an Tutanota address….., all of your correspondence can still be end-to-end encrypted anyway…. even to their gmail or yahoo or hotmail or any other address…  You just send them a secret password that you enter into their Contact record on your Tutanota only once, and all future email to them can be encrypted.  Give a unique password to each inner circle contact ( a password like, for example: shorts-orange-scale-wrinkle ) ….and those messages will be equally secure.  When they open the message, they will be prompted to enter the password only one time.  They can check the box so their system will automatically remember the password, so they only have to enter it once.

It’s all *much* easier to do…. than it sounds.   And the result will be a special notification on your phone whenever you receive an end-to-end encrypted email from a VIP in your inner circle of life…   and all your normal email, sent to your existing address, will still reach you all the same.       :-)

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App Updates Still Don’t Work Right

Dropbox’s solution worked.  Basically, that’s something that you should always just do…   When you have a problem with an app…  Just un-install it, then reinstall it…. Before you try anything else.  Apparently, updates on computer software still don’t work as well as a fresh install.

Why Can’t People Use Twitter for Photos?

Why can’t people use twitter for pictures?
I just don’t get Instagram.
I must be getting old.  I remember a few years ago when my older brother was trying to tell me that he doesn’t need any chat apps… “because email can already do everything that chat apps can do”.
I had to try to convince him of all the reasons why chats app do those same things *better* ( and they do many more things too ).

But I don’t get how *removing* text from twitter… and making it *only* photos… improves anything.

Maybe the instagram app is more elegant and easy to use or something?   ( twitter apps do such balls )

Why Instagram Makes me so Sad

Am I the only one who finds Instagram weird? It’s simply a Twitter clone without words. Only photos. Boring. Why is it so popular in Asia?

Twitter has photos and videos.  It’s not that they are photos.   It’s that that’s *all* it is.   It’s nothing else.

What gets communicated through a photo?  “Here I am. Isn’t my life cool. Don’t you wish you were me.”     No words.  No thoughts.  Nothing.   Just someone’s photo album.  No context.

In Asia, Instagram is extremely popular.   But most users post *only* selfies.     100% photos of themselves.   Nothing else.   It’s the craziest phenomenon I’ve *ever* seen.    Who the hell wants to see 42,353 selfie photos of only *you* !?      wtf

Soooooo boring.

By bf is absolutely addicted to Instagram and Facebook.   But Instagram more.  From what I can gather, people follow someone’s life ( or carefully staged artificial life ) there.   And they follow it… like a soap opera.   Where will they go next?  What fashionable or exotic place, car, clothing, phones, watches, etc… will they be seen in next?

But they really get into it.   They know who’s who.   There’s a serious status to it.   They get a sort of Instagram fame buzz from it.   People recognize him in public sometimes from his Instagram.  He has several 10s of thousands of followers.

But I can’t imagine anything more artifical and boring.   To me, it’s sad really.

I’m not sure to what extent users in the USA use it this way too…. or not.

But I’d bet it’s similar…. even if not to the same extreme extent.   USA users are probably more discerning and less naive about believing everything they see… like faked staged posed scenes propping up status symbols.

White Men better Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Wow!!  There are a TON of man-hating women out there.

A whole flock of them attacked me on twitter just now…  Because I stood up for the right of the surrogate woman to seek out a job as a surrogate…. and for the rights of the biological mother (the egg donor),…. and for the rights of the biological father.

So MANY women hate white men.   I had no idea.   Like a hornets nest….

They hate white men so much that they don’t care what they say, what they do, what their story or background or beliefs are….  If you happen to be WHITE and a MAN…..  Look out!   You are hated !

Sadly, and ironically, it is the ultimate in both racism and sexism.  But they somehow feel it justified racism and sexism….

As I told one, “If you were to chat directly with me, we’d probably agree on everything. ( If I weren’t a man. )”

And, ” You want me to APOLOGIZE for being born white and male ????? ”

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