Email Management Tool Review: Throttle

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Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas recommends the Throttle email management tool.

The Throttle email management tool gives you greater control and privacy.

If you’re looking for an email management tool to help get your inbox under control, let me introduce to you Throttle.

I’ve been using Throttle for a couple of months now, and I officially love it!

I love it so much, in fact, that I’ll be recommending Throttle in the next edition of my book, “Personal Productivity Secrets.”

If you’ve read that book, you may remember that it touted an email management tool called Otherinbox, which (sadly) is now defunct.

But Throttle is a great replacement for Otherinbox — and, actually, an even better product.

Here’s how it works:

You can use Throttle on your desktop, phone or tablet. When you install the Throttle browser extension, you never have to give your real email address to a website again. The extension fills out email submission forms with a unique Throttle address.

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas recommends the Throttle email management tool.

The Throttle daily digest

Throttle then takes all of your emails and compiles them into a single daily digest (at right) that it sends to you at a time you choose. When you get your digest, just click on the message you want to read and Throttle will take you to your dashboard. You can then read the message there or forward it to your real email address if you want to. It’s a great solution for wrangling all the emails you do want to see (like newsletters or discount offers from your favorite merchants) but that you don’t want to distract or overwhelm you as they fill your inbox throughout the day.

If you ever want to revoke a sender’s address to your email box, you can do it with a single click instead of dealing with the sender’s unsubscribe process. And, you can also tell when senders sell your email address and immediately cut off their access to your inbox.

Throttle is a better solution than having a “junk” email address as some people do (and as I did, before I had Throttle) because you won’t have to worry about checking for email in two places. Everything is centralized into one message and comes into your main email inbox, but your address stays private.

I use another email management tool, SpamDrain, in tandem with Throttle to deal with senders that already have my real email but that I wish didn’t. (I could, though, go to all of those sites and change my email address to a Throttle address if I wanted to.)

Throttle’s plans free for the basic plan, suitable for most, and $3.99/month for the pro plan if you want some cool advanced features. I suggest you give Throttle a try. It will bring some sanity to your email inbox.

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Comments

  1. When was this written? The service seems to have fallen over. Digests not being sent and none of the interface buttons working, it is a real mess

    • Maura Thomas says:

      Derek, thanks for reading and for your comment! This article is not that old but you are correct, I have been disappointed that Throttle seems to be having some technical issues. I reached out to their team and was told that a patch is being rolled out (end of December, 2016). I haven’t experienced the interface buttons not working, on the digest not being sent. When it works, it’s SO useful to me that I am giving them time to work out the bugs. I hope that will be soon. Perhaps give it another try in a few weeks. Thanks again for reading!

      • I think it is a fantastic service, I am a pro user, but they seem to have dropped the ball as of late but I am willing to wait and see if they resolve the issues. Hopefully it will be sorted asap.

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