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Friday, December 9, 2005

Gmail RSS Clips, and Spam Recipes

Google has been rolling out their low-brow RSS reader for Gmail called “Web Clips.” (Thanks to everyone who pointed this out.) You can see new posts above your inbox, and scroll to the next item by clicking an arrow to the right side. You can change your clips (add new ones, remove old ones, or completely disable this feature) by changing the Web Clips tab in the Gmail settings. If you do not see this feature yet, expect it to appear soon.

Markus Renschler (author of the RegexBuilder tool) also noticed a fun Easter egg. When you visit your Inbox, your Sent Messages or other folders, “normal” RSS clips from your subscriptions show. However, when you go to your Spam folder, you will see different spam recipes on top (like “Spam Primavera - Toss with linguini, serve immediately”)! Also, when you visit your Trash folder, you will get recycling tips and facts (like “Plastic bags can be reused as bin liners or package stuffing”). Google seems to be in a playful mood lately...


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