If there’s one thing that unites every single person who works with computers for the majority of their work, it has to be the amount of email we all receive.

At least, that’s my estimation. I don’t know. I’ve been too busy responding to emails to conduct a scientific study.

But seriously, there’s a lot to be said for making sure we control who has access to our inbox and who doesn’t. And I know: We’re living in an age where everyone is trying to “fix” email with a variety of different clients.

The Throttle Homepage

The Throttle Homepage

But I came across Throttle some time ago, have been using it ever since, and am really happy with how it helps me manage my email, especially for various online accounts.

What’s Throttle?

It’s pretty simple, but I love the way it works. From the homepage:

Throttle is a smart browser extension that generates unique email addresses for everything you use online, so that you can control who sends you email and when.

In short, it works like this:

  1. You create an account for Throttle,
  2. You install a browser extension,
  3. Whenever you navigate to a site that requires a login, and you don’t want to give it your standard email address, you use the browser extension.

From that point forward, you log into the site or your email address is subscribed to a service or newsletter, all of the messages will be sent to that address. Rather than showing up in your inbox, it shows up in your Throttle dashboard.

At first, I started experimenting with it using a single service and then began using it for a variety of other services, newsletters, and other similar things that I care about but only want to review on my schedule (versus having it pushed to my inbox).

I’ve not used the premium service though I’m a fan of what the free tier offers.

If you’re looking to pair down your inbox and still take advantage of some services (like social networks or something similar), then it’s not a bad alternative.


Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. Yep, I can see the benefit but I’m wondering is it has any advantage over simple filters in your email app to organise email in specific folders for later perusal.

    Also, Gmail lets you add modifiers to your email address to track where your email is coming from. Say your address is me@gmail.com and you sign up for an Amazon account; you’d specify your email address as me+amazon@gmail.com and those emails would get routed to me@gmail.com but you could filter them by the +amazon modifier.

    • Depending on how much email you get and how complex you want to get with labels and filters, then I’d say this is definitely an option. I use it for a lot of things. But there are a handful of services that I toss into Throttle, as well.

      Honestly, it depends on the nature of the service for me.

  2. Interesting! Thanks for that will give it try. I found the same with Basecamp – I was getting so emails a day and it was totally distracting until I found the combined into one email setting. So it will be nice to have the rest of the distractions combined into one email.

  3. Hi Tom,

    I use it most of the times and it’s superb.

    +1 to Throttle

  4. I hadn’t come across this before. I’m giving it a try and so far, I like it a lot! Thanks Tom!

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