Are You Using Gmail Aliases to Label Your Mail?

gmail-aliasYou’d think that my full-time transition to Gmail in 2007 would have me using every trick in the book to manage my mail. Nope. Getting caught up in the grind with gadgets coming and going, I haven’t found the time to exploit all of Gmail’s little tips and tricks. That changes today for two reasons: I’m going to make the time and I have a good launching pad with this timely post from Web Worker Daily.

I knew about Gmail aliases: these are the custom email addresses you can create yourself. For example, my personal Gmail address is kctofel@gmail.com. But kctofel+abc@gmail.com will also come to my Inbox also. That “+abc” can be anything of my choosing. But I never thought to combine those aliases with Gmail’s filtering system.

Jenny suggests just that in the WWD post. She uses a +p alias and a filter to apply a “Pictures” label, which is a perfect example for me as I often email pics from my phone for blog purposes. The opportunities are pretty endless when combining aliases with filters and I plan to start taking advantage of them today. Got any other tips for me?

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