One of the benefits of being a VIP, bachelor or
otherwise, is you don’t have to waste time—at least you don’t have to waste as much time as “Joe Sixpack,” does. Since many of us spend a significant amount of time online, it pays to know some simple measures that can save you time when riding the information highway.
A big online time waster is the receipt of emails you don’t want and never will want. While there are software programs out there that can help you rid yourself of these, I believe that the easiest and most private method of getting rid of these missives from miscreant electronic mailers is to hit the unsubscribe buttons on the emails, as soon as you get the message.
These buttons are usually at the end of the message, in small print, and are sometimes hard to find. But if you get rid of one of these a day, in a year’s time you have round filed 365 unwanted messages that aren’t going to bother you anymore. It takes only a few seconds to do this, and you might want to dedicate several minutes once or twice a week in cleaning out the litter box of your electronic letter box. Or, you just might want to “kill” the messenger each time you receive the message. It’s actually kind of fun, if you enjoy the pleasure of rejecting somebody’s efforts at getting you to spend your hard earned money.
There’s law backing up what spammers can or can’t do with emails, and if you want to check out the devilish details, check out these sections from the Federal CAN-SPAM ACT which mandate what a commercial email sender must do to be in compliance with opt out requirements:
Tell recipients how to opt out of receiving future email from you. Your message must include a clear and conspicuous explanation of how the recipient can opt out of getting email from you in the future. Craft the notice in a way that’s easy for an ordinary person to recognize, read, and understand. Creative use of type size, color, and location can improve clarity. Give a return email address or another easy Internet-based way to allow people to communicate their choice to you. You may create a menu to allow a recipient to opt out of certain types of messages, but you must include the option to stop all commercial messages from you. Make sure your spam filter doesn’t block these opt-out requests.
Honor opt-out requests promptly. Any opt-out mechanism you offer must be able to process opt-out requests for at least 30 days after you send your message. You must honor a recipient’s opt-out request within 10 business days. You can’t charge a fee, require the recipient to give you any personally identifying information beyond an email address, or make the recipient take any step other than sending a reply email or visiting a single page on an Internet website as a condition for honoring an opt-out request. Once people have told you they don’t want to receive more messages from you, you can’t sell or transfer their email addresses, even in the form of a mailing list. The only exception is that you may transfer the addresses to a company you’ve hired to help you comply with the CAN-SPAM Act.
Remember, the time you save will be your own!