If necessity is the mother of invention, then a service like Unroll.me fits that bill to the ‘T’. Email overload is an epidemic in itself and a virtual industry for the many apps that have come about because of it. Email management tips are good and fine, but you need to discipline a few dedicated weapons on email destruction to tackle an inbox that’s already bursting at the seams with unread and unwanted emails. From Facebook apps that send you notifications to the subscribe links you get after the unsuspecting guy clicks in moments of wild browsing.
Unroll.me helps you deal with the latter problem – unsubscribing from subscriptions that you no longer want to keep. What you get is a clutter free cleaner inbox. Here’s the introductory video:
Unroll.me is in beta. Presently it works with Gmail and Google Apps but support for Yahoo, MSN and AOL is on the way. You start off by selecting the email service and then giving Unroll.me access to your email address.
Unroll.me goes to work on your cluttered inbox and scans it completely for subscription emails.
It presents you with a list of your subscriptions. This could be a surprise for you as it was for me because there were lots of them which I don’t even remember signing up for. Just goes to show that if we are not diligent, subscriptions are kind of like weeds which can take over your entire backyard.
There, I have whittled it down to just three from a dozen. You can just as easily move your deleted subscription back into the “roll-up” inbox.
Unroll.me gives you a “roll up” which is a preview of the subscriptions that you have kept. You can navigate and read these mailers from within the Unroll.me page.
It might take a few days for you to receive your email confirmations from the services you unsubscribed from. Also, bear in mind that some services may not allow you to unsubscribe as they have a few more hoops in their unsubscription process.
Unroll.me managed to clear a large portion of my inbox with a click. The simple clutter-free interface is also a no-brainer to understand. Try it out and tells us what you think of this yet beta effort. Will you use it?