Show me yer rig! (Gmail tags edition)

Show me yer rig! (Gmail labels edition) from communicatrix on Vimeo.

This week’s edition is a followup to the screencast on using filters in Gmail: showing a bit of where I’m filtering those tags to, in other words, taxonomy.

Because I didn’t want to make the video overly long, I’m including screencaps of the bulk of my tags in gmail, along with some of my rules and reasoning behind them.

Here are the prized, above-the-fold tags:

screencap of gmail UI

Here are the tags just under the fold:

screencap of gmail UI

And here are the tags just below them:

screencap of gmail UI

There are a few more below that, but they’re really just variations on a theme. Basically, I keep the stuff I don’t want to see but want to keep at the very bottom of my long list of tags by using a system of more or les ‘x’s and colons. (Did I say “semi-colons” in the video? Enh. You know what I mean.)

I have a feeling this might be on the outside edge of usefulness for someone who reads this blog, but hey, I’m still kinda-sorta trying stuff out in these videos. So let me know what you think: good, bad, ugly.

And hey! At least they’re getting shorter, right?


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One comment

  1. I enjoyed this video: good length and good supplemental materials. I like how you’ve been summarizing your vids in your text post so I can see if something is relevant to me.

    I get the impression you get a lot more email on a daily basis than I do. I use labels but mostly in a help-me-find-it-later sort of way. For more immediate or temporarily needed stuff, I use various stars. If you go into Gmail’s Settings -> Labs, enable Superstars, Save settings.

    Then click the General tab (still w/in Settings) and you can pick which colored stars and shapes you want to use and which order they will show up in as you click through them.

    I use the blue star, red star, red with exclamation point, blue with i. So when I click to add a star to a message, the blue star appears. If I click in a timely fashion, it will scroll through the other ‘stars’ I have selected. I use those to sort stuff I want to go back to at some point.

    Hope that made sense.

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