Did you realize that your Gmail address contains many email addresses in one? Gmail, in fact, recognizes many derivatives of your original email address, such as:
Original: johndoe@gmail. com =
Adding a period "." anywhere in your original address will still direct mail to your original address, and adding a +word before the @ sign will do the same.
If the email all goes to the same place, you're wondering, what's the point? Built in organizational filters, that's what! Using these simple email derivatives gives you the tools to organize your inbox to the max.
Here's how you can optimize your inbox.
Use "+news" to sign up for newsletters
When you next decide to sign up for a newsletter, sign up using the email address similar to johndoe+news@gmail. com. You can now organize and prioritize all email sent through that email address via label, filter, or more.
How to do it:
- Toggle the arrow down to "show search options"
- Click "Create filter within this search"
- Select options for how to filter emails sent to this address. (i.e. Automatically skip the Inbox (to Archive the email), automatically mark it as read, automatically apply a Label (News), never mark it as important, etc.)
Give your friends and family VIP status
Separate work and personal life with "+w"
If you are the kind of person who's personal email is the same as their work email, you could likely benefit from having a work email filter, like johndoe+w@gmail. com. You can then label this email with automatic traits which will sort it and prioritize it for you (like a special "work" folder").
Gmail filters + IFTTT = Magic
If you haven't already been exposed to the beauty that is the IFTTT service, now is the time to experience it in its delightful marriage to Gmail. IFTTT (If This, Then That) acts as a trigger service which activates a specific response to a specific action.
Create a to-do list with +todo
How do you use your Gmail addresses to organize your inbox? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send us an email.