Google’s Gmail finally adds the ability to block email, but there’s a better way

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gmail Just Made It Super Easy to Block People.

Google said Tuesday that users will now be able to “block” specific email addresses—except that they’re not really blocked, and Google already has more powerful tools to eradicate offensive email that are already in Gmail. Google on Tuesday finally introduced a block sender feature, which will help you keep your Gmail inbox devoid of messages from people with whom you don’t want to converse.Gmail, the most used email address in the world with an estimated 425 million users, has finally added a two-click solution to trolls and spammers that allow you to “block” those that bother you on a regular basis.Today, Google announced that it’s adding a “Block” button that funnels annoying messages from specific email addresses into the user’s Spam folder, a feature that was once tucked away in its myriad of settings.

As of Tuesday, “blocking” an email will actually send an email from that specific email address to the spam folder—where it will technically live on, even if no one really checks their spam folder. So whenever you’re getting a lot of email from somebody who is being annoying, you can now easily ban them from your inbox (and after they show remorse, you can unblock them again). Microsoft’s Outlook app for Office allows you to “Junk” an email—either from the specific sender or the sender’s domain—something that Google’s Gmail doesn’t allow. If you took this action more than once, it would essentially function the same as blocking a sender, but there was no easy way to just block someone with the press of a button. In the web app, the block feature is hidden behind the reply button drop-down menu, which isn’t exactly where people will be looking for it (or at least I wasn’t because I assumed it would be part of the ‘more’ menu in the Gmail toolbar).

In fact, I found it considerably easier to unsubscribe to the offending email, in the case of mailing lists, at the bottom of the email to unsubscribe directly rather than use Gmail’s filter button. And while I have indeed received constructive criticism on pieces I’ve written as well as unsolicited job offers (which I like) I’ve also been inundated with rubbish which clearly coincided with my decision to list my email in my bio. I’ve already been quite busy today using the feature to block a number of people meaning, at least for me, it’s already available in the “More” section next to “Reply.” The Android feature will show up in the coming week according to Google.

Where this gets confusing—and this is possibly the reason for the new Block command—is that clicking Create filter with this search does not actually create the filter.

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