In our Day in the Life of an Inbox series, kindly souls in a variety of professions let me peek into their inboxes. So far, I’ve had 7 peeks, which isn’t a lot of data (and lord knows, I need to get some women in the mix) -- but it’s still pretty interesting. Profession-wise, there are two VCs, one entrepreneur/angel investor, one journalist, one student*, one consultant, and one SVP/Director**.  

If you’d like to add your ‘box to the mix, please let me know (clairew at skimbox dot co)!

Enough nattering, onto the data-ring.

Get the raw data

 As you can see, Gmail was by far the most popular mail service -- indeed, 7/7 surveyed used it as their primary work email, personal email, or both. Runner up was Yahoo, but in both cases, it was used as a newsletter/junk mail address. 

 As you can see, Gmail was by far the most popular mail service -- indeed, 7/7 surveyed used it as their primary work email, personal email, or both. Runner up was Yahoo, but in both cases, it was used as a newsletter/junk mail address. 


 

When it comes to desktop email, the majority of those surveyed used web browsers over desktop apps like Outlook and Apple Mail. 

When it comes to desktop email, the majority of those surveyed used web browsers over desktop apps like Outlook and Apple Mail. 


 

Paul Graham's clarion call birthed a ream of email apps, but these results speak to the power of the default -- 5/7 primarly use Apple's Mail app.  

Paul Graham's clarion call birthed a ream of email apps, but these results speak to the power of the default -- 5/7 primarly use Apple's Mail app.  

I failed to ask two of the interviewees for their unread counts, so this dataset is incomplete. What I do have speaks to the individuality of read/unread preferences. 

I failed to ask two of the interviewees for their unread counts, so this dataset is incomplete. What I do have speaks to the individuality of read/unread preferences. 

During our rounds of user testing, we've found that venture capitalists and journalists tend to get more email than most professions (lawyers get the most). This bears that out. 

During our rounds of user testing, we've found that venture capitalists and journalists tend to get more email than most professions (lawyers get the most). This bears that out. 

More interesting, perhaps, than these raw response numbers are the received:responded to ratios. The VCs and VC/entrepreneur had very high received: responsed to ratios, while the student's was 60:1. 

More interesting, perhaps, than these raw response numbers are the received:responded to ratios. The VCs and VC/entrepreneur had very high received: responsed to ratios, while the student's was 60:1. 


* Now a journalist at VPR

**Now VP at Skyhook Wireless

 

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