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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. In the last video, I showed you how to use a service called Guerrilla Mail to create a temporary throwaway email address you can use to sign up for any web service that requires an email address. In this video, I'll show you a similar service called 10 Minute Mail, in which the e-mail lasts, you guessed it. 10 minutes, and then it doesn't exist anymore. I picked this service to show you, because it's easy to use. It doesn't require a lengthy sign up process.
And it can show you that there is other services out there besides Guerrilla Mail that do similar things. Because both services are so similar, it's a matter of trying both of them and then just deciding which one you like more. I've opened a browser window and I've gone to 10minutemail.com at the top. And it's important to know that is uses the number 10 in the URL, not the letters ten. So now that I'm here at 10minutemail.com, I can see here right very large in the middle of the screen what my temporary email address is.
And this case firstname.lastname@example.org. So this is my email address. And I can't change it like I can with Guerrilla Mail, but that's okay. The neat thing about this service is that you can extend the time if you want. Right underneath it, it tells you when the email address is going to expire. For example, this email address is going to expire in six minutes. So you can tell that four minutes ago I opened this browser window and was given this email address.
If I need to expand it, I can simply click Give Me 10 More Minutes. So let's scroll down some and look at the inbox. It's right here on the main screen. So I use this email account to sign up for Craigslist. And let's say it's one of those accounts where you have to click on the link to activate the account first. So I can come down here and see my account. I can click on it. Just like any other email, I can scroll down and read the email. I could even reply to it right from here if I wanted to.
But here's the activation email, so I can simply click on this, Activate my account. Click, Back to Index to get back to that inbox view. And then I'm done. I don't need this email address anymore, so I could simply close out of my browser window. But I can use this email address every time I need to log in to Craigslist. However, while this is still working, because after all I have four minutes left, I could still use this email address. I could respond to ads, just like I could with Guerrilla Mail.
Expand the time, keep expanding the time and have them email me in return. Infact, here's an email that I've got now in there, that somebody sent me in reply when I use this email address to reply to an ad. So this is just one of many temporary disposable email address, which are great to use when you just don't feel like giving out your real one. I encourage you to try this one out or try out Guerrilla Mail, or even just do a Google Search for temporary email addresses, to find some other services that you can use.
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