More and more sites require you to verify an account by receiving an email.. fair enough. But then 2 months later you start getting the newsletters and updates that you no longer care about. Enter Gmail ! To be honest, other mail servers may do the same, it may be standard, but I have not seen it used outside of gmail domains. Anyway, I digress. The Alias ability in Gmail lets you create a unique address for a site(s) and then set filters on those addresses, my favorite being send to trash..
Ok so the downside is you can't turn off the aliases, and senders won't get a non-recipient error when they send the email. Most intelligent mass mailing systems will remove addresses that get this error on several attempts. So your not doing your part to cut down useless internet traffic. BUT! you will never see the email and cringe with anger because you still have not bothered to login to the site, close the account and unsubscribe.
When you are signing up to a site with obligatory email, give them your email as follows; firstname.lastname@example.org You'll get the one time “please click here” activation email just as if you provided your normal address. Then, once you decide you no longer need to read their messages you can set the filter. Just enter a plus sign and a unique tage ( ‘+uniquetag’) as the to: criteria. I get a ludicrous amount of emails from this Eddie fellow about cats, so its time I made a filter.. [caption id="attachment_489” align="aligncenter” width="300” caption="Building a Filter from Gmail Alias”][/caption]
So there are lots of reasons to use this aside from email address discretions.
I would love to hear about some more handy Gmail tricks.