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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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RE: folders
By adiposity on 8/31/2010 11:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
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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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