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Baby books are great. All those little handwritten notes about their first words and first tooth and first daycare pals. And of course you include pictures taken during your baby's first haircut or while eating mashed up banana for the first time.

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I'm the kind of person who hates losing old copies of digital things — photographs, messages, emails, videos, etc. While I doubt I'll ever take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over random emails I sent in 2007, I don't like feeling as if I couldn't do that if I wanted or needed to.

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How many people out there are still using AOL Mail? I assumed it was all of three people, but apparently there’s still a considerable number of you clinging to your aol.com accounts.

Do you hope AOL will make a grand resurgence one day? Are you nostalgic for the sounds of a dial-up modem? Do you hate Gmail? You can move providers; it’ll be OK.

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The holidays are coming up fast which means it's time to start crafting that perfect Out of Office message. I used to try and be creative with these, but at some point reverted to the classic "I'm out until X. Email this guy if you need something." It's not exactly going to put a smile on anyone's face, but it gets the job done.

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In work and in life, I love a script. If a repetitive type of interaction is part of your life — making a certain kind of small talk, having to send the same type of email with some frequency, making daily phone calls to clients or vendors or sources — why bother wasting mental energy coming up with fresh material every time, when you have a go-to line that you know does the trick to, say, get a long-winded person off the phone? Or effectively explain to people at a party exactly what it is that you do?

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Gmail contacts can be a little confusing — especially once you realise that the popular email service automatically dumps everyone you cyber-converse with into a big "Other Contacts" directory. That makes it easy to autocomplete emails to people Gmail thinks you might interact with again at some future point, but it can also cause a little confusion when unintended names or email addresses appear in your "To:" field.

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If you’ve ever listened to a podcast, you’ve heard of Mailchimp. (“Mail... kimp?”) We talked to Ben Chestnut, CEO and co-founder of the email newsletter company and marketing platform that grew to half a billion dollars in revenue without ever taking any venture capital. Ben reveals the email habit that ran his early hiring policy.

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Every time I go to write an email, I get distracted by my inbox. I check all my new mail, and I put off the actual task I opened Gmail for. None of that new email was urgent, but I couldn't ignore all those bold lines. So now I hide my inbox with Inbox When Ready.

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It’s not a stretch to assume you probably use Gmail—it seems like most of the world does, these days. That reality has created consternation over some of the recent privacy and security-related changes to Gmail and Google Chrome.

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I used to hate unsolicited email, until I got unsolicited texts, calls, Twitter DMs, Facebook messages and LinkedIn invitations. Now I think email is the most polite way to reach a stranger directly. In that vein, I recommend this thorough guide to finding anyone’s email address.

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One of the best things the Internet has delivered over the last 20 years or so, since it moved from being a tool of academia and the government into broad public use, is email. The days of sending letters if you were patient, faxes if you had a machine, or a telegram or Telex were suddenly usurped by a tool that offered near instant delivery and is almost free. But that's led to a new challenge; managing the volume and velocity of messages. How do you manage the mountain of email, or does it manage you?

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You’ve been meaning to respond to someone for a while now. Actually, it’s past the acceptable amount of time to answer, so you let it go. And go. It’s eventually been so long you assume you will never be able to make contact with this person again — until you need something.

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Video: If you work from home, you know how important it is to stay connected with your boss and coworkers via email and chat programs such as Slack. The trouble is, text-only communication can leave a lot up to the imagination in terms of tone. Is your online boss really a jerk who hates everything you do? Or are you just reading their messages in the worst way possible?