Gmail Just Made Unsubscribing From Bulk Emails Easier Than Ever

By Shawn Knight
Aug 6, 2014
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  1. Bulk e-mails are a nuisance that everyone with an e-mail account has to deal with. While it is possible to remove yourself from most mailing lists, the unsubscribe link is often buried within the message and takes longer to locate...

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  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 467   +97

    Sounds great in theory. What about when someone makes an unsubscribe link that leads to a malicious webpage? Suddenly Google has a hand in redirecting you to it. If Google adds the link up in the subject line, that kinda makes it seem like it has to be valid.
    Jad Chaar and psycros like this.
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Boom tons of viagra at your door & email!
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  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,298   +665

    A guy I know makes extra cash ordering literally every trial supply he can find of every drug, skin cream and God knows what all. He gives them temporary addresses and info and trashes it as soon as the shipments arrive, then sells the goods at a flea market. I think he's kind of a genius.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah that is very good point! I wonder if they will account for that.
  6. Most of the time the mails are so sketchy that even when they have an "unsuscribe" option it makes you wonder if that will actually unsuscribe you or hijack your email, or worse.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    This is the 2nd news story I've seen recycled this week (first was the cell phones on airplanes).

    Originally this appeared in an official Gmail blog back in 2009.

    More recently it made the news again in Feb 2014:

    I suppose to be fair the 2009 one only happened if you marked as spam, but the Feb 2014 is the same as what this article is discussing. It isn't just TS, other news sources are reporting this today too.

    I don't think that is how it works, gmail handles sending the unsubscribe itself, so all you have to do is click, you never leave gmail's page (it doesn't open a new tab/window for you to unsubscribe like the old days).
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    They would have to implement something this easy right after I put in the effort to do 100's myself manually. It's a good idea, better late than never.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    @Skidmarksdeluxe - Unless you did it before February 2014 it really shouldn't have just happened, I do not see any difference in what is being reported now vs what was reported in feb of this year. Maybe you were really late to get included in the roll-out, but there is absolutely nothing new about this 'news'.

    From another Feb 2014 article:

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