Sending to yourname+label@gmail.com labels your email

In: Neat Stuff

26 Jun 2004

Danyel Fisher pointed out this cool Gmail tip.

Note that you can get around the label issue by forwarding messages to “myname+label”, and then searching for “+label”.

(Gmail allows you unlimited “+” addresses. For example, all my mail that’s forwarded from an external account goes to mygmailname+forward@gmail.com)

Aforementioned “label issue” being the issue with gExodus 0.2‘s new label feature which prefixes a user-specified string to the subject of each forwarded email. If I’d known that earlier… Nah it was good practice. It actually forced me to figure out how to modify an existing email’s headers.

9 Responses to Sending to yourname+label@gmail.com labels your email

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Rory Parle

June 26th, 2004 at 1am

Actually you need to create a filter, eg. when ‘to’ = ‘yourname+somelabel@gmail.com’ apply label ‘somelabel’. You have to do this for every label you intend to apply by this method. It’s a very cool feature.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

June 26th, 2004 at 1am

Duh! You are right!

I’d sent to username+label@gmail.com where “label” was an existing label name, and the email turned up there and was tagged with the label. What I didn’t realise was that I had setup a filter to assign all mails containing the word “label” to with an existing label.

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Alan

June 26th, 2004 at 2am

Wow, this is a great find! Thanks for the pointer.

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borg

July 29th, 2004 at 4pm

Hope to get a gmail account

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noandthen

August 3rd, 2004 at 10am

this would be an even better feature if the rules could be compounded such

when name+label and not from address_list

to prevent nefarious colleagues and the like from horribly abusing one’s gmail account

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noandthen4242

August 3rd, 2004 at 10am

Not to worry I’ve send in a few filters related gmail suggestions.

perhaps you (all) would like to take a moment to “suggest” / request one of these from the gmail people too

– more complex filters

currently possible:

from: -snake@oil.com

currently not possible:

from: -snake@oil.com, -big@small.com
or
from: -(snake@oil.com|big@small.com)
or
from: -(snake@oil.com OR big@small.com)

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from: [ ]

would be much more useful if it accepted some kind of list… or perhaps not-in-address-book or similar

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– chained filters

rather than each filter tested singularly against new mail

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noandthen4242

August 3rd, 2004 at 10am

Mmmm that was some good crack I must have been smoking.

this is possible:

-snake@oil.com, -red@blue.com
OR
-snake@oil.com -red@blue.com

but it would be nice to segrate all

name+anylabel@gmail.com

when NOT from specific senders

maybe:

from: -me@spam.la
to: me+*@gmail.com
label: label spam

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Blue Sky On Mars

June 29th, 2004 at 10am

Chu Yeow: yourname+something@gmail.com… cool spam busting trick
redemption in a blog: Sending to yourname label@gmail.com labels your email talks about using different gmail addresses to automatically sort your mail into labeled groups. gmail apparently allows you to use yourusername+ANYTHING as an address. This is…

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A Short Domain Name

July 6th, 2004 at 3am

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