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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to Get Google Buzz Alerts Out of Your Inbox (and keep them out)

Google Buzz is the new social networking and sharing tool from Google that many are now trying out. It has a feature that some may find annoying:

Whenever you comment on an item, if anyone else comments after you, it is sent to your inbox, much in the same way as an incoming email. If you are especially active on Buzz, that could be a lot of stuff in your inbox, and for especially popular items, they could keep coming back like a bad penny.

There are two ways to stop it.

  1. Stop following that item.
  2. Create a filter to automatically label it, skip the inbox, and archive it.

Here is how you set up the filter:

Step 1: Open one of the items in your inbox.

Step 2: At the top, under the “More Actions” menu, select “Filter messages like these”.

Step 2 (click image to view full size)

Step 3: Type “updates.google.com” in the “from” box and then type “Buzz” in the “Subject” box. Now click “Test search”. All of the Buzz items should show below the box. Click “Next Step”.

Step 3(click image to view full size) 

 

Step 4: Place a check mark in “Skip the inbox” and “Apply the label”. Then select from the label dropdown list “New label” and type in “Google Buzz”. To archive and label the ones currently in your inbox, place a check mark in the box next to “Also apply filter to conversations below”. Then click “Create Filter” and you are done.

Step 4 (click image to view full size)

From now on, instead of the messages ending up in your inbox, they will be archived under the label “Google Buzz” on the sidebar.

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