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I often want to share an old email chain with a friend -- usually someone who was on on the chain in the first place.

Is there an easy way to send a "link" or otherwise share that email?

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I am guessing from your question that forwarding the email thread is not an option, but I'm not sure why... Can you clarify why you wouldn't just forward the email? –  Shannon Wagner Aug 23 '12 at 2:50
    
@ShannonWagner The chains can be long. I don't wan't to forward a multi-email chain if I only want to cite one section -- and yet, I don't want to just copy/paste a section because the reader might want context. –  SamtheBrand Aug 23 '12 at 3:06

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There is no way to get a link or to share an email or thread with another person using just Gmail. Gmail gives you a unique URL in the address bar for each message thread but that URL is only accessible after you have logged in to your account, so another user would not be able to access the link.

Gmail Labs has a Create a Document feature but the document it creates only seems to include the last email in a thread and there is no easy way to copy the remainder of the thread into that document for easy sharing.

One possible solution would be to print the thread as a PDF and send that.

Another possible solution would be to Forward All the thread to an Evernote account and use Evernote's share by URL feature to privately share the note.

There may be other 3rd party web-apps that can achieve this - worth a Google.

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thanks for the additional info @Shannon Wagner! (y) –  OrangeBox Aug 24 '12 at 6:06

You can use GrexIt (http://grexit.com) to share email chains across multiple users. You create a shared label first and then apply this shared label on an email conversation and the conversation will immediately start showing up in other users' inbox. All followup emails also keep getting shared automatically too.

I hope this helps.

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You can use nFiles. Simply forward your email to i@nfil.es.

This will turn your email into a web page similar to this: https://nfil.es/w/hI6JK9/

Then you can share the URL of your email messages to your friends via email, IM or social media.

Details: https://nfil.es

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if you click on print icon on top right of the email, it will open a page with print dialog, if you just disregard this panel and click cancel you can use the url for access the mail later on. For some reason there is another icon like open in a new window, but that one does not work if you copy/paste url to somewhere else, so for now I stick with print url.

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Seems like the link only works for the person who created the link, not if a different user tries to access it - just like what's described in the first paragraph of OrangeBox's answer. –  Dang Jun 4 at 20:29
    
of course. it is a security concern, only authenticated person can see the link. –  Teoman shipahi Jun 4 at 20:30
    
My point is that it doesn't work for sharing the e-mail with someone else, which is the OP's question. –  Dang Jun 4 at 20:45

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