If you have ever been on the receiving end of an Evite invitation, you know that once your ‘friend’ gives your email address to Evite (almost always without asking you first) you will receive an endless stream of spam (it’s spam because you did not request it, let along give them permission to put your email address on their mailing list) from Evite, seemingly with no way to opt out of it (making it a violation of Federal law, but apparently Evite doesn’t care about that). Here is out to opt out of Evite notifications and other Evite spam.
The first, and very annoying, thing that you have to do is actually register for an Evite account. The very fact that you are forced to register for an Evite account in order to stop Evite from sending you email that you didn’t ask for in the first place gives Evite a permanent spot in our “spammers we’d like to see hung in the village square” list, but, alas, that won’t stop the Evite spam. So, go ahead and register for the damn Evite account.
(You can register for Evite here. Evite will prompt you to sign in with your Google or Facebook account – of course don’t do that, and instead take the option to sign up with your email address, because why would you give Facebook or Google just that much more information about where you go and what you do on the Internet?)
Once you have registered and are logged into the Evite site, find the icon for your account – it will likely have your initials in a circle.
Click on that circle, which will give you the account drop-down menu. Select ‘SETTINGS’.
Now, once you are in the settings area, you will see settings for both ‘Newsletters’ and ‘Notifications’.
You would probably think that going to the Notifications area would be where you would opt out of those pesky email notifications. And, you would be wrong.
In fact, going to the Notifications settings area gives you the frustrating information that you basically have to opt out of every… single… individual… event’s notifications. Oh, and oh yeah, you can also opt in to SMS notifications here (who the heck would do that??)
The note says, inaccurately, that “You can block or mute notifications for specific events through your Evite Notification Settings.”
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Of course you are already in your Evite Notification Settings area – but what they mean (and what you would read if you click on that link) – is that you can opt out through the notification settings for a specific event. In fact, here is what it says at that link:
As a guest, if your host has opted to leave the invitation’s activity feed public, you will receive periodic emails when other guests have made activity on the feed. The activity feed is a private social feed that allows hosts and guests to interact with each other. Some of the activity feed interactions that can trigger these emails are: guest comments, photo uploads, interaction with the host-created various widgets, etc. If you would like to stop these emails, you can simply access the invitation and click the “Settings” tab and use the checkboxes to disable the email notifications.
These emails are different than our marketing/promotional emails, and are only being sent to you as a result of your interaction with the invitation. If you wish to stop these specific emails, you will need to do so using the instructions above.
However, before you go to that next step, while you are still in the settings area, click on the ‘Newsletters’ section.
Here you will note that you are almost certainly “currently subscribed to Evite emails”.
So, while you’re there, click on “Change Settings”, and remove yourself from all of their other emails.
Note that Evite makes a point of saying that “Please note that if you check the option to unsubscribe from all emails, you will no longer receive communications from Evite. However, if you are invited to a future event using this email address, you will still receive email notifications about the event.”
In other words, you can check out any time you, but you really can never leave.
So, exactly how can you stop mailings once someone decides to give up your email address to Evite for their event?
If you are willing to do it on a per-event basis, you go to the specific event, select ‘SETTINGS’, uncheck the oh-so-helpfully (not) pre-checked boxes, and save your changes.
Once you are logged in to the Evite site, you can use this link to find all of your upcoming and past Evite events. (Why would you want to see the ones that have past? Because people can (and will) post comments and pictures and all sorts of stuff for events that have already happened, and you will continue getting annoying email notifications each time.)
If you don’t want to have to opt out of every single notification for every single Evite event for which your friends have helpfully signed you up, you can do like we do, and create a rule in your email client to simply delete anything from Evite, with extreme prejudice.
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