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Safari: An unread count for Gmail Web Browsers
You can add a bookmark to Safari's Bookmarks Bar that will display the number of unread Gmail messages you have.

First, go to the link feed:

Then, bookmark it in Safari. I called it ':' so that it wouldn't take up much space, and put it right after my Gmail bookmark so the result is: 'Gmail :(1)'.

In the RSS tab of Safari Preferences, set the Check for update: menu to 30 Minutes so that you have current results.

Now, send yourself an email.

Once the feed refreshes (you can quit and reopen Safari to do this manually), you should see the number of unread messages in your inbox in parentheses after your bookmark.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I had to play with the URL a bit to get it to work right; in the original hint it was given as feed: That didn't seem to work for me so I just went to the Gmail inbox in Safari and switched into RSS mode and grabbed the link now listed in the hint.]
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Safari: An unread count for Gmail
Authored by: emale on Dec 21, '10 08:45:33AM

This is not a new hint.
Had that before here and more or less in a drilled version here

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Safari: An unread count for Gmail
Authored by: DCJ001 on Dec 21, '10 09:49:00AM

I like the Gmail Checker extension found here:

There's no need to wait for an RSS refresh with this extension, and the appearance is similar.

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Safari: An unread count for Gmail
Authored by: Sequoyah on Jan 02, '11 10:56:00AM

I just use "Title Tweaks" in the lab section of the settings in Gmail. Simple and gets the job done.

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