Gmail isn’t just web-based mail. It’s a fully-loaded app with filters, labels, POP and IMAP support, and more. You can manage all of your email addresses in one Gmail account and attach labels to them so you know what account your mail is coming from. Whenever you send an email, you can choose from a drop-down list which email address you want to use. For example, you may have a personal Gmail account and a branded business account like firstname.lastname@example.org, and switch them out depending on the nature of the email. Depending on the email you’re sending from, you may also want a customized signature that’s different for each. Gmail has the ability to add a signature, (go to Settings –> General) but it doesn’t support HTML. So if you want to include a logo or some custom layout with colors and such, Gmail won’t support that. So I asked Google.
I came across a review of WiseStamp
. Wisestamp is a Firefox extension, also available for Chrome, the Flock
browser, and Thunderbird (Mozilla email app.) You can use the rich text editor for composing your email signature, or you can tab to HTML mode where you can tweak what you created in the rich text editor, or create your HTML from scratch. I chose to create mine from scratch. You can change font styles and colors, as well as add and resize images. It also has a social component where you can add links to your social network profiles, and it will append the respective icon to the bottom of your signature. (Icons for Foursquare and Buzz are yet to be added. WiseStamp, get on it!) You can also pull in items from an RSS feed right into your signature, making it a great way to promote your latest blog post, Flickr photos, status updates, random quote, or pretty much anything you can stick into an RSS file.
The WiseStamp site provides a lot of example signatures that you can copy and paste and edit to your liking. And for those of you not as Google-centric as I am, it can also be used in Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL Mail.
Here’s what my signature looks like:
Anyone else out there find a HTML signature tool you like? Share it!