Gmail Productivity Hack: How To Get Unlimited Email Aliases

Gmail Productivity Hack

Gmail Productivity Hack

Here’s a productivity tip I just picked up from Amir, one of our marketing automation engineers: say you’re in a situation where you need a bunch of email addresses (for QA-ing your apps, or testing various marketing automation personas, etc.).

You could certainly create a bunch of free email addresses, but it can be a pain in the butt to monitor a bazillion email accounts — not to mention the time it takes to create each account.

Here’s how you can create an unlimited number of aliases, using only one Gmail account:

  • Grab yourself a Gmail account (say, billgates@gmail.com)
  • Anything like billgates+whatever_you_make_up@gmail.com will route to your billgates@gmail.com email address

Google is smart enough (go figure!) to resolve anything formatted in this way to your address.  Using this method, you can create virtually an unlimited number of aliases.

This is especially helpful if you’re testing a series of marketing automation workflows, where you’re creating a series of test Contacts that each manifest a different behavior. ¬†Using this method, it is pretty easy to test these scenarios with different email address while minimizing the amount of work you have to do.

Pretty cool, huh?

What other Gmail hacks do you use to increase productivity?

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