Though you may never have considered it, the odds are that your contact list is packed with several years worth of email addresses. Some of these, you use every day so that is very useful. Others you need occasionally, making the service quite handy there, too. However, the emails that you don’t recognize anymore, and those that are likely out of date and out of use are not as important as the other ones, and may actually be slowing you down when it comes to using your email program’s features.
Therefore, instead of letting your contact list become a massive, cluttered list of unrecognizable and forgotten addresses, take the time every now and again to clean it out, deleting the ones you know you’ll never use again and those that are not accurate any longer, and finding out about the ones that you don’t even remember anymore.
It’s actually surprising how easy it is to forget all about someone’s contact information – especially an email address. If you haven’t even seen it in five years, this becomes all the more true. If you’ve never cleaned out your contact list before, you will almost certainly be shocked at how much has built up over the years.
When you have a moment, go through each address, one at a time, giving it clearer identification (name or nickname) when you need to provide a reminder to yourself, and weeding out those inactive accounts. Of course, you may not always know which ones are still in use, just as you might not always remember all of the addresses.
In this case, a reverse email search will become your best friend. It will help you to discover who is behind an address, and will assist you in determining whether or not this one is still being used by its owner, or if it can be tossed into your recycle bin.
By doing this every now and again, you won’t have to face the massive mess that is likely built up in there right now, and you’ll remain much more organized because the information you need will be far quicker to access.