Learn How Can Receive SMS Alerts for Gmail via Twitter

Learn How Can Receive SMS Alerts for Gmail via Twitter

Sometimes the question of how to get SMS alerts on your mobile phone for so essential emails in your Gmail comes in. Well, Gmail is not compatible with text notifications for their email service but then Twitter is compatible.

Now if we could manoeuvre a way out to connect our Twitter and Gmail accounts, the Gmail alerts will now be able to come in form of text on our mobile phone via Twitter.

Now start the explanation: Twitter gives you the opportunity to follow any @user using just a simple SMS. They create easily short codes for all countries and in the event where you text follow to this any shortcode followed by the username, any tweets from that user will now be delivered to your mobile phone as text notifications.

Users in Nigeria can text follow @user based on the network carrier you are using. For example, Glo Mobile users can text to the shortcode 20644, MTN users can send to the shortcode 40404 and Visafone to 40404.

Another example here is a Glo Mobile user can text FOLLOW JustNaira to 20644 so that should JustNaira make any tweet via that username, then every of such tweets will go to the Glo User in particularly.

The short code service of Twitter can sufficiently fill in the stage of a Gmail SMS notifier. When you make a fresh Twitter account, you can set the privacy to private and now this account will be able to deliver a tweet whenever you get a new email in Gmail. You can now follow this account making use of SMS alerts from you main Twitter account and then surely the delivery such SMS alerts will start rushing in.

Using Twitter as a Gmail Notifier with Google Scripts Presented here is a detailed step to step guide by which you could make use of Twitter to receive SMS alerts for email which are of importance in your Gmail account. It would take very short time to setting say a minute, generally, there is a Google Apps Script that is responsible for all the wonder. It watches over your Gmail mailbox in the background and promptly a new message receive into your account, the script automatically dismisses a tweet.

How to start to get SMS Alerts

  1. Firstly Log out of your existing Twitter account and proceed to twitter.com/signup so as to make a new Twitter account for your Gmail account.
  2. Then confirm your email address, and after this open the Twitter settings page checking the option “Protect My Tweets.” The function of this is to make your Gmail SMS alerts private such that neither search engines nor even other Twitter users will have the enter to seeing tweets generated through Gmail.
  3. Now click here to copy the Google Sheet and, then like Authorize under the Gmail to Twittermenu. Do not forget to authorize with your new Twitter account.
  4. While you have authorized and choose Start from the Gmail to Twitter menu and fill in your Gmail search query. For example you can fill in: important is:unread in:inbox newer_than:1d so as to strictly get notification for fresh, unread and important emails in your Gmail. Select OK. All done if so.

The Gmail notifier gets running and now will be reach to tweet when a fitting email is located. It has its operation every 10-15 minutes and focusing attention only on incoming email, avoiding the previous messages. Also, the messages will be logged in the Google Sheet, this process you get knowledge of what is transpiring behind the scene.

Get SMS Alerts for Emails 

Here open a new browser session in Incognito mode, move on to log in to your old Twitter account and then send a follow request to your new Gmail account on Twitter. Proceed through the approval of the all new follower request, after this you should be able to receive sight of tweets for new Gmail messages, as they arrive, in your main Twitter timeline.

If you have the preference of getting SMS alerts on your mobile phone for new Gmail messages, simply open the Twitter profile page of your Gmail bot and after then turn on Mobile Notifications. Very evidently, this will only function if you have connected your mobile phone with your main Twitter account.

How to Add The Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive

How to Add The Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive

At first you will be surprised about add the file multiple folders in Google drive that Google Drive does allow you to chance any file inside one or more folders without you having to create multiple copies of that file. This makes Drive organization easier and if you edit the file in one folder, all the other instances are updated as well since they are essentially pointing to the same file.

Add a File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive

Here is how you can place existing files or folders inside different multiple folders in Google Drive without direct making copies of the file.

Open the Google Drive website in your computer’s web browser and select one or multiple folders in Google drive. You can easy use the Control key on Windows, or Command key, to select non-consecutive files and folders. Now press Shift + Z and you will see an “Add to Folder” pop-up. Next select the folder where you wish to add the selected files and click OK.

That is it. You have neither copied nor moved the files to the targeted folder, you have merely created references or aliases to files inside the other folder. You can use the Shift+Z keyboard shortcut again to add the selected files to any another folders in your Google Drive.

Here little feature will come handy in several cases. For instance, if you have a folder of pictures inside Google Drive, you can use Shift+Z to place some of these pictures into other shared folder. You need not make duplicate files in your Drive  and if you remove a picture from the parent folder, the file is gone from other folders too.

Remove Files Placed in Multiple Folders in Google Drive

Saying here you have a Folder B that contains references to a file placed in Folder A. If you move the Folder B to trash or if you delete the file from Folder B, the original file is deleted from the original Folder A as well. In such cases you may essential to delete the placed file from Folder B before deleting the folder.

In Google Drive, select the file that is placed in different folders and open the activity sidebar. Here you will see a list of total folder that the file belongs to. All you need to do is click the little [x] symbol to delete that file from any folder in the list.

Adding Files to Different Folders with Code

If you know Google Scripts, you can place a file or folder running folder into multiple folders using the Drive API as show below.

How to Schedule Your Email Messages in Gmail with a Google Sheet

How to Schedule Your Email Messages in Gmail with a Google Sheet

We have featured apps like Boomerang which allow you to send scheduled email messages from Gmail before. However, it is possible to do the same thing just without any extra apps. Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspiration shows us that how to do this with a Google Sheets script.

The script requires you to write your Gmail messages firstly and save or mark it as a draft. Once that is done,  here you can import your drafts into the script and schedule a date and time what you would like the email to go out. To set up the script–

  1. Just start here create a duplicate of the script here.
  2. Under “Gmail’s Scheduler” click “Step 1: Authorize” and Select the account you wish to authorize, and log in if necessary.
  3. Then Under “Gmail Scheduler” click “Step 2: Fetch messages” and This will pull in all in your Drafts folder and so this may be a better time to clean it out.
  4. Here should Double-click the “Scheduled Time” cell next to the email what you want to send. Now You can choose a date there or manually push the date and time in the following format: m/dd/yyyy h:mm:ss.
  5. Lastly you have chosen all the right date and times for your email messages then select “Schedule Messages” under “Gmail Scheduler.”

Finally you have got the script set up for the 1st time, you should only need to do steps 3-5 to schedule email messages. It may not be a one-click affair, and it must would be nice if Gmail had this feature built in, but in the meantime this script does its job well.

Know Who has Access to your Google Drive Folders

Know Who has Access to your Google Drive Folders

If you want use Google Drive folders to collaborate as sometimes as we do around here, you probably do not have time to go back and clean up permissions or old files and folders while you are through with them. Who has Access is a web app that shows you all of the people and permissions you have granted so you can tighten up your security.

Who has Access is a side project of the folks behind the previously mentioned Hojoki, and is a pretty simple tool. Just click the big “Scan my Google Drive now” button, grant the web app permissions to your Google Drive folders and files and. Don’t worry as soon as the scan is completed they delete the data they collect and remove their access permissions you can do the same on your account permissions page, and sit back when the tool does its work. The scan may take a while depend on how much you have stored but they will email you when the results are ready.
While the scan is completed, you will see an image much like the one above, where you can look and see who has permissions to your Google drive folders and files and the addresses you have granted access to. Click on any personal to see a specific list of files they have rights to on the right side of the page. Now you can even revoke all of their access rights with a single click right there.

Who Has Access is a simple tool, but it is fast and effective matter and if you don not essential like the idea of old coworkers or bad bosses with lingering permissions to your work, or just like the idea of tidying up your security once in a while, it is a huge help just means.

How to Create Multiple Copies of an Email Draft Inside in Gmail

How to Create Multiple Copies of an Email Draft Inside in Gmail

Have you ever tried to send an email to number of recipients without copying the subject and body of a draft message multiple times i.e., by creating an email draft as multiple copies? May be/probably you are creating a draft message in Gmail and copy paste the subject and body of the message to send different recipients because the subject and body of the message unchanged unlike recipient’s email address, such you are inviting to a function to more people.

Unlike Microsoft outlook, Gmail doesn’t have an point to create multiple email draft. If you compose an email draft in Gmail, then click to send button it will generally go to sent items from drafts folder of Gmail.

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Create a Duplicate Email Message in Gmail

Using by web app written with google scripts i.e., my new duplicate email we can create duplicate draft emails in Gmail. This is an easy and one click option process. We can also use mail merge for creating duplicate draft emails in Gmail. Let me explain and the steps to do-

  1. Firstly Login your Gmail, write an email and compose it as draft message.
  2. Then Go to labnol.org/duplicate, access your Gmail account in this app, then it will read your Gmail drafts and create number of copies in your own Gmail account.

Gmail offers Gmail clone tool, it works on both desktop and mobile activity. So you can easily copy email messages in your mobile phones also.

Select the source draft from the drop down menu, and select the number of copies you have to be send, hit on make drafts button. Then it will clone a message and send separately to someone else rapidly.

Now Reload the page and repeat the steps when you would like to create multiple copies of the email draftInternally the app uses the Gmail API to create drafts.

For getting more suggestions and views please drop a comment below.

How to Track Your Gmail Messages with Google Analytics

How to Track Your Gmail Messages with Google Analytics

Often used to Google analytics for tracking visits to web pages and different mobile apps but the same analytics service can also be used for tracking your outgoing gmail messages in your account. If you want can add the Google Analytics tracking code to your Gmail messages and you can instantly know if your email message has been seen or opened by the recipient.

Such as getting a read receipt for your email messages but, instead of cluttering your inbox with read receipts, the email clear activity is generally logged as an event in your Google Analytics account.

 Email Messages with Google Analytics

This topic is simply thinking. We insert the Analytics tracking images to our outgoing email messages. While the recipient opens the message, the image box will download on computer and the visit will be logged in your own Analytics. Since Google Analytics supports genuine time reporting, Here you will see instant activity in the Analytics dashboard while an email is opened.

How you can add the Google Analytics tracking code to your Gmail messages

  1. Firstly go to your Gmail and compose your new email message. Specificly the recipients, subject and the body. You can also include add and inline images in your message. Now the draft message is ready, let it stay in your Drafts folder and do not hit the Send button.
  2. Now open the email tracker web app and authorize it. This is must required for the web app to send your Gmail drafts with the Google Analytics code.
  3. Lastly select your Analytics account ID from the drop-down, next select the Gmail draft from the drop-down and hit the Send Email button. Now your mail will get delivered to the recipient.

While the recipient opens your email messages, the event will be logged in your Analytics account.

Gmail Opens and Track in Google Analytics

Now how you can track the email open activity in your Analytics report.

Start open Google Analytics and select Events under the Standard Reports group. Then you should see new events with the selected category Email Open as people open your Gmail messages. You can touch the category to see the email address of the recipients who have seen your email and also the subject line of the message that they have just read.

The Analytics profile ID looks something like UA-xxxx-yy and you can easily find this ID in your Analytics Dashboard or account (Admin -> Property Settings ->Tracking ID). It will be must a good idea if you make a separate web property in Google Analytics for tracking Gmail messages.

Silently, when you send an email through the Google Sheet then it inserts the tracking image to your Gmail message with the help of a Google Script. Selected this tracking image is a 1×1 pixel transparent gif that will not be visible in the message body.

Think this tracking method will obviously not work if the recipient has disabled image downloading but now that Gmail auto-downloads images after caching, email open events are more such to get tracked.

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