Personal E‑mail Metrics

Adven­tures in per­sonal met­rics. Here some inter­est­ing stats on my email habits since May 2007 — five years ago next week, when I grad­u­ated from col­lege and first started using Gmail full-time.


~22,000 con­ver­sa­tions. I started 15% of them and replied to 17% of the rest. 4,011 dif­fer­ent peo­ple sent me emails, and a sur­pris­ing 78% of those were sent directly to me rather than to a mail­ing list.

(Note: although I was­n’t orig­i­nally, I have become more judi­cious about actu­ally delet­ing emails that don’t need to be archived, like pro­mo­tional emails or newslet­ters. So I think some of these num­bers may be skewed).

I like that my responses to peo­ple are shorter and quicker than their responses to me. :)

(Col­lected using Gmail Meter).