Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sitting Down?

Hopefully, you're sitting down to read this entry.

Yesterday, I wrote about worshipping on Sunday and going to the cemetary.  After doing an errand, I made my way home.

It felt so good to be home, especially since I still have a bit of a cough that just won't leave and I seem to get tired, quickly.

Once home, I decided I needed to tackle another computer task.  Before I continue on, I must say that I only use my Hotmail e-mail address for Facebook (FB).  That way, my personal, Life with Lynnie (LwL) and work e-mail don't get all mixed in. 

The reason I wanted to mention that I do not use my hotmail e-addy for anything other than FB, is because when you hear what I am about to say, you'll probably be shocked.  I was shocked.  In fact, I almost had heart-failure! lol

Usually, once a month or every six (6) weeks or so, I clear out my hotmail inbox.  So, please understand, it hasn't been that long since I did some e-housekeeping.

Are you sitting down?  My Hotmail Inbox had almost 31,000 messages in it.  Yes, you read correctly!  Almost 31,000!  Hopefully, you didn't faint!

Even telling you about this makes my head spin!  I couldn't believe my eyes!

I know I have close to 1,400 FB friends, but truly, I never expected what I found in my Hotmail InboxNever before, had I ever seen anything like this.

To me, the worst part is that I just could not empty it, because I didn't know if someone had inadvertantly sent me an e-mail to my Hotmail account.  After all, I don't advertise that I don't use it for anything other than FB, so one of my friends may have e-mailed me directly, and not messaged me through FB.

Besides, there are times, when I do want to save a message I've received.  For those who are not familiar with FB, every time someone messages you, the message goes into your Inbox of the e-addy you used to set up FB.

What I wasn't aware of, was the fact that when FB changed the system to the new format, changes were made on what goes to your e-addy Inbox, as well.

Now, with the new system, in addition to how FB sent a copy of messages to your e-addy Inbox, it also sends a copy of every comment made on your wall (your profile page) and every subsequent comment people have made in response. 

Had I known this, I would have found out sooner, that I could change my settings, so that messages from the pages I'm involved with would not be sent into my e-mail Inbox.  Yes, I have done this, now.

In case you're not aware, I am involved as an administrator for several Christian groups on FB, including a new one, for Bible Community Church.  The new church plant I support on Windsor's west side, in addition to my own church group.

It certainly didn't take long to accumulate almost 31,000 messages.  Sorting through them and cleaning out my Inbox, is another story.

While I am thankful that Hotmail's newer upgrades include a feature where one can select a name or group, draw up the messages and delete them, it certainly didn't solve the whole problem.  I did this for many of the Christian pages I am involved with, but I couldn't do this for all the messages.

By the time I just could not look at another page of e-mail entries listed, I still had about 18,000 e-mails sitting in my Inbox. 

All I can say is, "Lord!  Help!".

Until next time...

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