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A Little Handy GMail Feature

Submitted by on February 23, 2010 – 3:31 pmNo Comment

Today I learned about a feature in Gmail that allows you to “tag” your email address when you give it to someone or submit it somewhere online. Let’s pretend my email address was (which it isn’t).  If I were to sign up for a mailing list or service at Macy’s, and I want to know if they might be giving away my address to spammers, I just enter my address as Whenever I receive an email to that address and it didn’t come from the service or site that I gave it to, I know that the address was “leaked”. I can then make a Gmail filter that catches all messages sent to that will mark those messages as spam or simply label them appropriately.

You can also use the “+tagword” to help you sort different categories of emails. For example, I might submit” as my phone service address or for online purchases. It makes it easier later on to sort the types of email I get.

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