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G+ on your Gmail

Gmail is my base. Not Google+. I have a personal Gmail account and Google Apps Gmail for work. Both mail accounts contain more than 100 thousand messages but my two inboxes have less than 10.

I like my Gmail so much because I look forward checking them as Gmail allows me to receive just quality mails using filters. If not, I change my filter so that I get quality in the future. It's like a computer game with real life input and you earn efficiency as points.

Since last June 19 my G+ life is different. Since that day it is possible to respond to every Google+ notification in Gmail. I'll show you how to do that, but first some advantages:
* You can stay in Gmail 
* You never have to miss a G+ comment or mention, which used to happen to me all the time 
* You don't have to deal with the unstable notifications both in the browser as in mobile
* You don't have to worry that your notifications scroll out of 10 long as happens in the G+ notifications window. In Gmail they're sitting there patiently waiting for you as unread
* You can avoid the G+ app if you're on an expensive data program e.g. roaming abroad
* Sick and tired of all those confusing notifications with comments and +1's together?
* You can finetune your notification types using filters, even unselect a sender 
* You can get rid of the red square (through an extension) and the status (using an app) in your mobile
* Particularly in the G+ app it's annoying that you have to scroll so much when there are many comments
* You can search in Gmail. Did you ever notice how hard it is to search in Google+?

So how to go about:
1. In a Google site, click on your name (top right), Account settings, Google+, switch on all notifications by email. Don't be a wuss. Click them all. You won't see them
2. In the Gmail search bar type:
from:http://plus.google.com -subject:"added you"
Click on the dropdown triangle, click bottom right Create new filter
Select boxes Skip Inbox, Apply label "g+" (create that label), Never send it to Spam
Press bottom left Create filter
Now you could see a g+ message appear, like the illustation attached, where on the left it shows one unread message and when I click on it, it shows all messages with the unread on the top.
Note: there is a minus sign before subject this means from Google Plus but not the notifications that are about who added who. If you want to see the circle notifications you can leave off the minus sign onwards.
3. Manage your labels here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/labels so that you don't see many of them. Like my example in the illustation, on the left it has only one label. I like simplicity.

You'll never see the messages in your inbox, you can reply to all and +1 in your browser (not mobile). If you want to get rid of the red notification box, use . http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/120626 . https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ogcfegjiehdakiogchpnllekccphhebd if you want to see notifications on your mobile, use a Gmail notifier for label g+ (I like a widget for this http://market.android.com/details?id=com.kanokgems.smswidget but you can also use the status bar). 

Wanna know what my other labels are in the illustration? They're experiments: [tom] is for label where I'm notified in a post and [c-] is when a post or comment is not coming from one of my circles.

PS I like to have the left column as a notifier and hence saving up some notifications but if you don't want to click and surprise yourself, you can also have them pushed on your screen with the Gmail lab ( https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/labs ) Multiple Inboxes. Once you acitvated this in Labs you can here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/lighttlist add a section for label:g+ (even add AND is:unread) and click on Below your inbox. Also make sure you can see your new section, you set your inbox to 15 long here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings, right at the top. A small inbox length is a good exercise for archiving, if you're not already doing that. 

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Yup.. I know lots of people use this. Good tips.
 
I wanna do a favorite Gmail labs
 
I noticed myself I was more and more using gmail for G+ so apparently I'm not alone. Much better to respond and keep track of everything .
 
I added this last section: 
PS I like to have the left column as a notifier and hence saving up some notifications but if you don't want to click and surprise yourself, you can also have them pushed on your screen with the Gmail lab ( https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/labs ) Multiple Inboxes. Once you acitvated this in Labs you can here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/lighttlist add a section for label:g+ (even add AND is:unread) and click on Below your inbox. Also make sure you can see your new section, you set your inbox to 15 long here: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings, right at the top. A small inbox length is a good exercise for archiving, if you're not already doing that. 
 
Thx, Alec. I added this: Note: there is a minus sign before subject this means from Google Plus but not the notifications that are about who added who.
 
Ok, leave it off. It's just an example.
 
Added another advantage:
* Particularly in the G+ app it's annoying that you have to scroll so much when there are many comments
 
One more:
* Sick and tired of all those confusing notifications with comments and +1's together?
 
Johan, it actually works fine with Chrome. I think FF people need to add
Greasemonkey but not Chrome people.
 
I got a message saying I can only use extensions from the Chrome store ;-) Odd. +Tom Voute 
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Thanks to you, Johan. My post is now more robust.
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Hi again +Tom Voute. Followed the steps. Now I get an email each time somebody adds a comment to a post I have commented on. That's ok but how to I direct those emails to the g+ label I just created following you guide? Omitting the -"added you" does not seem to help.
 
Hi Claus. I'm honored that you followed the steps. There are many possibilities. What do and don't you want to see?
 
Just want all emails from G+ to go directly to my G+ label. I'm using the Google+ Notification plugin for Chrome so I'm not afraid of overlooking them. Just want to keep the emails.
 
Let's talk by chat. I opened my chat for you by adding you to a circle that can chat.
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