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Every Gmail user will get the feature over the next week or so

Most email users suffer from a similar issue - wading through hoards of junk email to find the few important messages that you really need to respond to. If you use Google's Gmail email service, a new feature has been announced that promises to make sorting through email much easier.

The new addition is called Priority Inbox and is currently a beta feature that looks to tackle email overload for users of all types. Google reckons that it is pretty good at filtering spam into the spam folder but a lot of mail that isn’t that important gets through to the inbox, yet that mail isn't spam. Google lovingly calls this type of mail “bacn”.

The new Priority Inbox feature scans email as it comes into the users Gmail account and flags some of it as important using a variety of flagging methods. Those flagging methods include looking for email from the people you message with the most and which messages you open and respond too. The more you use Gmail the better the filtering of important messages will be according to Google.

The user can also help Gmail learn what messages are important by clicking on a "+" or "-" button that is at the top of the inbox to show if a message is important or not. Priority Inbox will be rolled out to all Gmail users over the next week. Users can tell when the update has reached their account by looking for the flagged "New! Priority Inbox" link in the top right corner of the Gmail account or the Priority Inbox tab in Gmail Settings.

Google also recently merged Google Voice and Gmail to allow calls right from the Gmail interface.



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folders
By viewwin on 8/31/2010 10:52:46 AM , Rating: -1
I went back to yahoo because email in other folders still shows in the inbox, very annoying.




RE: folders
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 8/31/2010 11:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
um. Gmail doesn't have folders. Just labels. The inbox is a label you can remove (archive).


RE: folders
By jimbojimbo on 8/31/2010 11:02:02 AM , Rating: 4
So basically you couldn't grasp the idea of categories so you quit. I'm so proud of you.

GMail doesn't use folders, it uses categories. You can assign 20 categories to one email and it'll show up in all of the "folders" (which are really views filtered by category) plus the Inbox. Archive the item and it's gone from the Inbox.


RE: folders
By JazzMang on 8/31/2010 11:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Hah! I definitely lol'ed at your comment.
Well said.


RE: folders
By Hydrofirex on 8/31/2010 11:14:45 AM , Rating: 2
Gmail has folders, or something that functions exactly like them. I use it every day, and it is evidenced by the "move to" menu. At the bottom of that menu it does say "manage labels", but whatever you call it I do not see emails I have moved in my inbox any longer.

I'm an avid hotmail fan, but if you take the time to configure Gmail and pick through the Google Labs extras it really is the most full featured and customizable email host.

HfX


RE: folders
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 8/31/2010 11:50:18 AM , Rating: 2
"move to" simply adds the label of the "folder" you select and removes the label of the "folder" it is in. Labels are nice for the exact reason that you can label an email to show up in multiple "folders" without creating duplicates of the actual email.

I'm not sure I've met an avid hotmail fan before :) I might actually use hotmail if they added some decent keyboard shortcuts like gmail has (? : Open shortcut help).


RE: folders
By Homerboy on 8/31/2010 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 3
at first I hate the "labels only" option of Gmail (versus actually moving to folders). I have A LOT of email that is setup in filters (server updates, notifications etc etc) that I don't want in my inbox (this should be for one-off emails only, not auto-emails). I then noticed there is a "Skip Inbox" option when creating the filters.

Bing.Bang.Boom.
Works like a charm.


RE: folders
By adiposity on 8/31/2010 11:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I went back to yahoo because email in other folders still shows in the inbox, very annoying.


I understand your frustration. After all, even though categories technically CAN function like folders, they really are quite different. Sub-folders, etc. are not even possible. And archiving, while it takes something out of the inbox, is an extra step that is not required with folders.

However, I'd like to report that a fairly new feature of gmail is the "Move To" button which allows you to "move" a conversation to a category, and it auto-archives it. Also, you can select multiple conversations, and drag them to a category/folder and it will auto-archive.

So, the current behavior is similar enough to folders to negate the downsides. And the power of categories is far beyond that of folders. Maybe you should try again.


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