Sure, iPhone has out of the box GMail support and an automated wizard to add your account on Mail.app but what happens when you want something more, something a lot better? Yes, a lot. Just keep on reading. Continue reading
Since my inbox gets some times a bit overcrowded by mails and I have an attitude to reply immidiately or at least as soon as possible to mails and don’t want any unreads in my inbox, I have thought several times how to prevent and decrease as much as I can this from happening. I tried several ways, for example labeling each one to not doing anything at all etc but never got I a decent result.
Recently, though, I came with a fantastic idea. One of the killer-features of GMail is filters and labels. First of all, I wanted to test if Filters were supporting in the “From” field boolean inputs like “facebook OR twitter OR …”, because otherwise I would be screwed. I just didn’t want to search for every of my mail notification of various services the mail they use. Not to mention that some of them (like Facebook) uses a different mail of every mail they send. If it’s not Facebook it is another service, I’m 100% positive. Hopefully, boolean is supported in all Filter’s forms and that’s very handy.
So my idea was firstly to delete all existing labels and filters for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and all the services that mail me and then create a new filter which will label all incoming mail from these services as “03 Social Notifications”. That’s what I call “Project Inbox zero”. Before I did this, I skimmed all of my social notification mails to write down all the needed services so I wouldn’t forget anyone. Be sure to click while creating the filter the checkbox “Apply also for previous conversations”. That will import the filter’s actions in all previous mail which is mets the preferences of the filter.
So now I’m keeping up with 15 labels and a couple more filters instead of like 30 filters and about 25 labels. If you want, you can also Archive the filtered mails in order to not have a busy and noisy inbox. There is another tip, that you can color your filtered label with a very strong color; like red or a quite deep blue.
Concluding, I think that’s a quite good idea. It automates these spam-you-want-mails processes and it’s very handy. If you have a better idea, suggestion for automating mail notifications, feel free to comment below!
Interesting. If you have a Google account; probably you have one already. GMail, Google Reader, GTalk and many, many others are your kind of Google passport. So to login in a Google service you had to login with firstname.lastname@example.org probably.
But now you can change this and login with let’s say email@example.com. How? It’s very simple. Go to Google Accounts and then click on “Edit”. There at the end says something about “Add an additional e-mail address”. Just type here your e-mail address (assuming it is firstname.lastname@example.org) and then just wait for the confirmation e-mail, which means that you own this email@example.com e-mail and you are not phiser, spammer or something.
In a minute or so, the confirmation mail will have been laying in your inbox ready to open and read it. Do this and as usual click on the confirmation link. Succes! Now you can login to every Google app with firstname.lastname@example.org (assuming that’s your other e-mail). But you won’t enter your other’s e-mail password, though you enter again the Google’s Account password (GMail password).