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How much you trust a company can determine how much business you’re willing to throw its way. You’re less likely to want to support companies you mistrust, and, subsequently, more likely to support companies you trust implicitly.

So, to help us all make better choices, we want to know which tech company you trust the most, and why?

Inbox Winners & Sinners

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Many Emails Are Sitting In Your Inbox?

Out of a total of 319 votes, 23.5% chose Zero, 34.8% chose 1-100, 16.3% chose 101-1000, 16.3% chose 1001-10,000, and 9.1% chose 10,001 and Over.

It’s difficult to draw any major conclusions from these results thanks to the combination of a low turnout and a very even spread of votes. But we’ll try anyway.

It’s heartening to discover the majority of our readers keep their inboxes clean and tidy 5 Action Steps For Curing Your Inbox Zero Email Frenzy 5 Action Steps For Curing Your Inbox Zero Email Frenzy Inbox Zero is one of the most popular buzz words. To truly solve your email issues you need to go beyond Inbox Zero and address the underlying problems. Read More , with a combined 58.3 percent boasting 100 emails or less. However, on the other end of the scale are the 9.1 percent who have more than 10,001 emails currently sitting in their inboxes. Which is sheer madness (or is it?… see Comment Of The Week for the case for keeping everything).



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Andrew Kelley, Jerome Masson, and Bob Myers. Comment Of The Week goes to likefunbutnot, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment How Many Emails Are Sitting In Your Inbox? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Many Emails Are Sitting In Your Inbox? [MakeUseOf Poll] When it comes to email management, are you an inbox winner or inbox an sinner? Either way, we won't judge you too harshly. Read More :

All of them. All of them ever. At this time, 190,702 messages. Every non-spam, non-proprietary, non-automated. E-mail I’ve received since 1993 is in my inbox. That includes my entire time as an undergraduate and the employer provided accounts on almost every job I’ve ever worked.

How? I either forward them to a central account on a machine that I control or I’ve imported the messages from accounts where I could not directly do that.

The only folders I’ve created in all that time are for each individual account as I’ve imported it. My main inbox, the central account that I’ve been using since August of 1995, has nearly 100,000 messages in it.

I have a very good memory and I send a lot of e-mails, so my inbox is a de facto journal of my life since 1993. If I look back to a specific date and the messages that I received around that date, I usually also have a good recollection of what else I was doing at around the time I sent or read the messages.

Obviously, I’m doing this on a mail server under my own control. I access my messages with a normal IMAP client and I generally find that the search functions built in to the software I use (Thunderbird or K-9, most often) is sufficient for my needs. I do now use a Gmail account as my public email address for most purposes, simply because Google’s spam controls save me from having to fuss so much with local spam filtering.

We chose this comment because it reveals the one way in which keeping every single email sent your way can be a positive thing. By doing so, you have a digital journal of your life The Beginner's Guide to Digital Journaling  The Beginner's Guide to Digital Journaling  Maintaining a private journal is a great way to build your writing skills, spill out your thoughts, desires, worries, and reflections on paper. The very act of writing itself can often help you think through... Read More stretching back years, with clues as to what you were doing and with whom you were doing it. Which borders on genius, quite frankly.

In “…” We Trust

So, on to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, which is all about trusting tech companies.

We previously asked, “Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Least?” Two companies stood out from the rest, with Facebook 4 Reasons You Should Never Trust Social Media 4 Reasons You Should Never Trust Social Media You just got burned in an argument because, once again, you quoted something you saw on social media. Why does this keep happening? Read More enduring 38.5 percent of the vote, and Google Why You Shouldn't Trust App Ratings on Google Play Why You Shouldn't Trust App Ratings on Google Play You need a new camera app; you open Google Play and find 50. Naturally, you install the highest-rated one. Guess what? You just got tricked. Read More enduring 31.4 percent of the vote. These two are therefore the companies our readers trust the least.

Now, it’s time to turn this question on its head. Forget the negatives, this is all about the positives, as we seek to discover which tech company you trust more than any other. To make it more interesting, we have retained the same answers as last time, but there is always the option to add another company you trust more than any of those named below.

Please vote in the poll above to indicate which tech company you trust the most, and then tell us in the comments why you trust that company above every other tech company on the face of the planet.

Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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