On both my public and private Mastodon accounts today, I turned on email notifications for everything:
After looking through some Facebook emails from over 10 years ago (I’m currently sorting several mailboxes into one) — and similar — I realized how valuable they are to me.
Similarly, all my interactions on Mastodon might one day simply not exist anymore. Maybe I leave the network? Who knows. It’s just good to have this data with me in another open format, you can say. 🙂
Why not just use exports?
Mastodon’s export is also a good choice, but I find email more portable and a natural fit. Maybe I don’t want to write a viewer for its export file. Maybe the ones that are open source are not maintained. Could be anything.
And most of all, it’s all in one place — with all my memories.
Only left to wonder now if the message contents are also included for mentions or reports or direct messages in the e-mails. (Edit: They are!)
How do I handle so many emails?
I have set up a filter/rule that archives it and adds a label — so I don’t get any notifications as such.
I don’t mark it as read, since I sometimes just check my email instead of coming onto social media. That way, I have fewer distractions and still get caught up. 😊