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Gmail Cooks SPAM, Bacn, and Steak

Have you heard about the new email term? “Bacn” It’s pronounced just like your favorite pork product, but shortened, in typical Web 2.0 fashion.

What is it? As the official bacn website explains, bacn is email you want, but not right now. I first heard about the term from Chris Brogan’s post. He explains:

It’s any email you receive that isn’t spam, but isn’t exactly a personal message either. Your electronic phone bill is bacn. Your Google alerts are bacn.

But what does this have to do with Gmail? I’ll show you!

SPAM killer

If you’re a Gmail user, you know that it ruthlessly destroys SPAM. This feature is wonderfully built-in. No work required on your part.

Gmail SPAM

But did you know that Gmail can handle your bacn too?

Bacn griller

Gmail has a great filter feature. If you haven’t used it before, you have to check it out. Your life will be better, I promise.

Since bacn is good mail, but stuff you don’t want right now, Gmail can get it out of the way. Setup a filter that detects bacn, archives it from the inbox, and labels it “bacn.” Then you can eat all your bacn in one sitting, when you have time.

Gmail bacn

Steak too!

Now I’m going to coin a new internet term: steak. It’s for those super-urgent emails. The ones you really want right now, or at least NEED right now. Man, I’d love a steak…

Gmail can help out with your steak-mail as well. We don’t want to archive it. What we want to do is star it!

Gmail steak

This makes doubly-sure that you see those important emails. They’ll have a spiffy star next to them, automagically.

What are your thoughts?

Have we all gone off our rockers? Is bacn a crazy term? That’s what the comments are for!

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5 Responses to “Gmail Cooks SPAM, Bacn, and Steak”

  1. Mark Fulton
    September 10th, 2007

    Awesome info 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I deffinately could use some filter action. Do you use GTalk much Andrew?

  2. Andrew Flusche
    September 10th, 2007

    Mark – I’m glad the filters look useful to you. That’s why I write these things down. 🙂

    I’m on GTalk quite a bit. I can only chat for a second during the work day, but I’m on a lot of evenings as well. aflusche@gmail.com

  3. LA Head Shot Photography
    September 12th, 2007

    gmail sounds like a gift from God. can it stop scam mail? these emails include urgent contact me, with love dearest in the name of Jesus,you are the winner!,cocacola lottery, microsoft lottery winner,a business proposition, online applacation,from the sick and dieing bed of, and here lies lady——ect. these emails are incedious rip offs that are launched on people to get them to send money to collect promised millions of dollars, that are non exestent !!! I followed one up and printed all correspondence from this party (two&1/2 inches thick. and hand carried it to the FBI.(they wern’t interested in following it up) now I get an average of 50 of these letters a day!!! so the question is would this work for filtering out these letters?

  4. Jesse Petersen
    May 8th, 2008

    I, for one, love the word play of bacn and spam. I’ve done a lot to reduce my inbox and instituting filters, but since I’m here, you can see I’m still looking around for ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Andrew Flusche
    May 8th, 2008

    @Jesse – Thanks for your great comment. I think we’re all always looking for new ideas to handle email. It seems like the email surge rises every day!

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