I create a label for facebook/twitter incoming notification messages and auto archive them into associative labels using filter.

That way, I don't get notified when new messages arrived. So what I need is to get notified in some other way (popup or send an one email per hour saying that I have new mail in that label).

How can I get that?


  • The number of notification mails is huge; which makes my inbox flooded with notification
  • Are you using Android? If just desktop, which browser? – ale May 21 '12 at 19:15
  • @AlEverett I'm using desktop; browser to be Firefox or Chrome – Nam G VU May 22 '12 at 6:43

GmailAssistant is a Java application that purports to monitor multiple accounts and labels.

  • Thank you. I don't want a desktop-based application though. – Nam G VU May 22 '12 at 6:50

Gmail Notifier is a Firefox extension that puts new icons in your toolbar or status bar. It doesn't appear to let you jump right to the message(s) however; it's purely for notification.

  • Any suggestion for Chrome? – Nam G VU May 22 '12 at 6:58
  • Have you tried searching for "gmail label notifier chrome" or at least looking in the Chrome store? We're not your personalized search service. – ale May 22 '12 at 13:10
  • I did have a search indeed but there were so plenty of them that I need your help. Sorry I didn't mean to treat you as a search service. – Nam G VU May 23 '12 at 2:25
  • It's pretty academic to click "Add to Chrome" for one of the extensions, try it out, and remove it if you don't like it. The Stack Exchange sites are not good for recommendation engines. – ale May 23 '12 at 13:15
  • At last, I did try. Thank you very much for your help. Checker Plus for Gmail is the one. I love to pick your answer to be an accepted one with more detail. – Nam G VU May 24 '12 at 1:48

There is another way. Have the filter add the label, but don't have them auto archived. They will end up in the inbox.

When you have read them, just click archive. The archive command reoves the Inbox label, but keeps the other labels in place.

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    This is not what I need since number of notification mails is huge – Nam G VU May 22 '12 at 6:45
  • @NamGVU If the volume is high for that label, it seems like there would almost always be something new. If that's the case, you'd get your new notification popup/email every hour (or whatever) almost without question. That does not tell you anything interesting except which hour-long block you should look at that label (not much benefit). Maybe you could just check the label every hour? Any unread messages you find there would be since your last check. Select all and mark as read. Return to your other work. – user29020 Feb 23 '15 at 6:54

GMail should show you the label in the left pane by default once there's an unread message. This means your filter must be set only to auto-archive matching messages; it must not mark them as read.

If the label isn't showing up in the pane despite having new unread messages in it, you need to change its settings. Go to Label Settings page, scroll down to your label, and click show if unread if it's blue. There's no "Save" button for this section so you can return to your inbox or whatever else you need to do.

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    I need to have notification - not the number of unread. Reason: I have many unread notification mails which I would never read indeed; i.e. the unread number is increased and I need to know each time it does – Nam G VU May 22 '12 at 6:47

Are you comfortable writing code? If you are, have a look at context.io/docs/2.0/accounts/webhooks. Use the filter_folder_added option to set your label and the sync_period to set the interval to look for new messages. This will make a POST request to any URL when there's a new message in that label and you can code the rest.

  • I do like coding but looking for some already-made tool first. Thanks anyway. – Nam G VU May 24 '12 at 1:45

I found Checker Plus for Gmail for Chrome

Looking for the similar one for Firefox but not found yet.

Google search

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Installed it and go to option

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Config for the labels

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