7. Deal with Email and Messages

Your stored (sent and saved) email can tell future generations a great deal about you.

Some people treat email as an entirely ephemeral means of communication, along the lines of telephone calls. They receive a message, reply to it (or not), delete it, and then never think about it again. At the other end of the spectrum are people like me who save virtually every email message they’ve ever sent or received. In between are numerous other strategies for handling email, but I think it’s fair to say that most of us have some quantity of saved email, and it may turn out to be one of our most important digital assets. ...

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