dimarts, de novembre 21, 2006

Gmail spam trick

As you might know, I'm in love with Gmail and the truth is, I find new ways to use it, all the time. My last discovery comes through Clipmarks, a good place to share interesting things you've found over the internet. When you find something, you show an excerpt and the link, you tag it and you choose wether you want to keep it for yourself or share it with everyone. When people like a shared clipmark, it'll become popped up.

This is the last number one clipmark: A Gmail's trick that will help you know if a souspicious site is sending you spam. I have tested it and it works!

Copy/paste of content from www.hedir.com:, as shown by the clipmark:

When you give your email address to a website, you hope that they don't sell or trade your address to a bunch of spammers. Well if they do, here is a simple way to see what sites are responsible for what particular piece of email. This requires you have a Gmail account.

If your Gmail login name was username@gmail.com and you went to samplesite.com to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering username@gmail.com as your email, enter it as username+samplesitecom@gmail.com instead. When Gmail sees a "+" in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to username@gmail.com.

Now whats cool is if you search Gmail for username+samplesitecom, you will see all massages that were sent to that email address.

To see who is responsible for sending a specific message click the Show Details link and you will see the complete address.

Neat! Smile
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I can think of other useful things I can do: for instance, I could use it to automatically forward all e-mail from other accounts about a specific issue. Then it would be simple to organize it with labels.

I'm wondering how many other possible ways could this feature be used.

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