If you’re on Google+, you’ve probably been hit by a deluge of notification emails. Google+ user Jacqueline Passey Mason advises not to disable them, but simply to filter them better. I had been a “disabler” until I read her post, and now I’m convinced to switch.
By default, Google+ sends you an email every time you get a new comment, add, etc. Some people find the frequency of these updates annoying and thus turn them off.
But until Google adds search capabilities to Google+, I think it’s best to leave your notifications turned on. That way you can still search your emails for comment text, when someone added you, etc.
If you are a Gmail user — and most of us are, right? — you can create a Filter that will automatically tag and archive your Google+ notifications. That way, they don’t bother you (mine don’t even get sent to my Android phone now), but they’re still available if/when you want to search them.
Here’s how to set up this Filter in Gmail:
1) Click on the small, blue “Create a filter” link above your Gmail inbox. It should be just to the right of the buttons labeled “Search Mail” and “Search the Web”.
2) In the “From:” box, enter “(Google+)” (without quotations)
3) Click the “Next Step” button
4) Check the box for “Skip the Inbox (Archive it)”
5) Check the box for “Apply the label:”
6) To the right of the “Apply the label:” line, click on the drop-down box and then select “New label…” A “New Label” dialogue box will pop up.
7) In the “Please enter a new label name:” box, enter a tag name for your Google+ notifications. I call mine simply, “Google+ Notifications”.
8) Click “Create”. This will close the “New Label” dialogue box.
9) If you already have some Google+ notifications in your Inbox that you would like to archive, check the box (on the lower right) for “Also apply filter to ### conversations below.”
10) Click the “Create Filter” button.
There! Now your Google+ notifications are out of sight and out of mind (and hopefully no longer buzzing your phone every few seconds!), but all the information contained in them is archived in your Gmail and available to be searched in the future, should the need arise.
That makes sense to me. How are you handling all of the notifications?