Priority Inbox without GMail

GMail's new Priority Inbox sounds interesting - a special inbox with just the messages that are important to you, likely from people you care about. There's likely some magic special sauce in the Priority algorithm, but a simple facsimile can be created using a Smart Mailbox in a standard email app.

I have a group in my address book:

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It currently has 96 people in it. People that I would stop what I'm doing to read a message from.

Then, in my mail app, I created a Smart Mailbox with a simple rule:

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Done. A special Priority Inbox, without having to use GMail. There are probably some tweaks I could add, and some conditions to refine it, but it's a pretty decent start. Any messages from the folks in my Extended Family & Friends group get popped in here automagically, without having to sort out the bacon and noise.

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