Gmail, Google’s free email service has turned out to be one of the most popular free email clients in use today. The main reason behind this being the simplicity of the interface and the spam filter that’s spot on most of the time. Depending on each individual we sometimes manage multiple accounts for managing different services and for conversing with different people. For your personal friends you might manage one gmail account and another one for online services for example.
With me for example I manage several Gmail accounts, one for Computer Realm Software, a separate email address for the Banner Service, another for the primary contact email for Computer Realm and another @gmail.com mail account to manage online services. (Read this post if you would like to know how to use gmail to manage custom email domains).
Thus, managing several email accounts using one browser can turn out to be a real hassle logging out and logging back in to check each email address. Thankfully there are several ways to manage multiple gmail accounts easily, if you use Firefox that is.
Gmail Manager is a handy Firefox addon that lets you manage several Gmail accounts via a compact firefox addon that rests on your status bar. Notifications can be customized to have sounds and popup from the status bar to keep you always updated on your mail accounts.
Very similar to Gmail Manager, except it gives you only your unread mail count and that’s it while Gmail Manager gives you snippets of new mail messages as well.
This method is recommended if you manage maybe two or three gmail accounts at one time. IE Tab is an addon for Firefox that lets you load the Internet Explorer rendering engine installed in your system in a tab in Firefox. As it uses IE’s engine it uses IE’s cookie’s as well and so lets you simultaneously login to two Gmail accounts at one time.
Similar to IE Tab however, Cookie Pie lets you manage multiple cookie sessions letting you switch between gmail accounts more conveniently. However I found it to be very buggy causing errors with cookies when used.
The use of the above addons can let you manage multiple Gmail accounts very effectively and simple. I personally prefer Gmail Notifier, what’s your preference?