Unsubscribe (Temporarily)

Unsub (Temp)

I got an email from Think Geek with something I’ve never seen before. (And no, it wasn’t the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag!)

It was a link in the email to temporarily unsubscribe until after the holidays.

I think it’s brilliant… and I think it shows that there is still room for innovative ideas in something as mundane as email marketing. I mean, I can understand how a company may want to ramp up before the holidays, especially if it’s a niche business consisting of a lot of wacky items, but seeing email after email with updates about shipping and specials and sales can be a bit much.

Want a break? No problem! Unsubscribe until the end of the year and we’ll see you next year.

I think this idea is similar to what I was going for in Users vs. Accounts vs. Signer-Uppers and Do you want to continue?


Google Account Password Recovery


I got the following screen when logging in to Google (to use a third-party service) and I was glad to see it. I can’t remember the last time I saw this, but I think it’s something Google should show more often.

If you want to deal with this information right now, you can log into Google, go to My Account, and then Personal Settings, and then click on Change password recovery options. Make sure you’ve got at least one recovery email listed there (more would be better) and if you trust Google with your phone number, provide that as well, for SMS recovery.

While you’re in there, why not look at the data Google is storing with your account, as well as any websites you’ve authorized to access your information. These are probably things people don’t check very often, but should. Also, take a look at your dashboard now to get an idea of how much of your data Google has…

See Also: The Ultimate Guide to Gmail Account Recovery for Password and Security Issues and Account recovery via SMS.