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Definition: Bacn


You probably know what Bacn is, you just don't know it yet. Bacn is a new problem filling all our e-mail inboxes - it's the e-mail you receive that isn’t spam and isn’t personal mail.

According to the folks at Bacn 2, it’s notifications of a new post to your Facebook wall or a new follower on Twitter. It’s the Google alert for your name and the newsletter from your favorite company. Sure, you want to know if the cute guy from the gym found you on Twitter so you can log in and comment back, but that Bacn you received after his comment is clogging up your inbox and inadvertently making you hate him already.

In most cases you can opt out of receiving Bacn, but then we wouldn't have anything to complain about, would we?

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Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
I just use Gmail's filtering system to full effect. I get tons of Bacn, but all the stuff from Apple, Ticketmaster, etc. gets filtered into "Sales and Promos" and all the stuff from social sites such as Facebook and Sugar gets filtered into their own boxes named appropriately. That way it skips my inbox, so I don't get my hopes up when my Gmail notifier says I have 16 messages, but when I'm scrolling through my mail I can see how many new Sales e-mails, Facebook e-mails, Sugar e-mails, etc. So this stuff doesn't tend to bother me :)
prettywarrior prettywarrior 10 years
I do like that we now have a name for the dumb emails we chose to receive, but that still annoy us anyway. Seriously, when I go on vacation, my Inbox clogs up with 100s of emails, and very few of them are personal emails sent just to me. It's kind of sad, really.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
i am one of those OCD people who hate seeing unread emails in her inbox.... however, i do like seeing when i have notifications, they keep me busy at work. ;)
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