Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
iminmessaging
50%
50%
iminmessaging,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/10/2013 | 10:11:09 AM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
I didn't gone through it, but surely check it out. I'm also having about 5K unreaded unwanted messages.
mailhaim
50%
50%
mailhaim,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/6/2013 | 3:58:26 PM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
I've got 9K on GMail... for those of you who use it for getting resumes when hiring: will the new GMail Inbox will help you reach Zero Inbox? http://www.skillsin.com/blog/?...
Cara Latham
50%
50%
Cara Latham,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/4/2013 | 12:44:03 PM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Like Greg, below, I have about 4,000, but mostly because last year, I spent an entire weekend deleting and organizing my inbox. I have not switched to the new format because like you, I don't want it to provide automated categorization. I have my own system, and I would prefer Google didn't change it on me.

That said, I may be more inclined if it changed its approach to categorization. I think it would make more sense to have categorization based on subject matter as opposed to the type of message. I'd like to see folders for "work," "school" (if you have kids or are furthering your education), "bills," "social," "miscellaneous," etc. This way, you could check each accordingly and respond or take action when appropriate. And if something that falls into those subject matter categories is promotional or social in nature (perhaps you follow your kid's school on Facebook or Twitter), it will still fall into the appropriate subject matter category.

If something from my credit card company sent me was promotional in nature, I could make that own determination. If it was categorized into "bills," I would open and delete; no big deal. But the fact that it is organized into that folder to begin with would help, since I would know where to look if I wanted to find ALL communication from my credit card company. Just an idea...
Madisson
50%
50%
Madisson,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/31/2013 | 6:24:53 PM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Hi Debra! If you're getting frustrated with Gmail, you might want to try out a new mail application called Inky! Inky allows you to use and view multiple accounts in one screen!

Its unique relevance view sorts your mail by how meaningful it is to you. Email messages from close contacts have a vibrant blue drop and flow to the top of your message list. It also organizes your mail into smart views, focusing on mail from personal contacts, social sites, daily deal sites, and subscriptions separately.

This application can really give you relief when it comes to sorting your mail based on relevance and sorting it into categories! It's so much easier than using Gmail in a web browser or the Mac Email application--way to messy. Check it out at www.inky.com
Deb Donston-Miller
50%
50%
Deb Donston-Miller,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/31/2013 | 6:09:43 PM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Thanks for your comment, Greg!

I started using the new format, and there are some things I like about it and some things I just don't get. For example, I'm finding that I can more or less ignore the content going into the "promotions" tab (and thus could maybe delete some). I don't really get the social and forums tab, or, at least, they are not making total sense to me yet in terms of what is being shepherded there. I don't think there is a "view all"--not unless you go back to the old model. But, I don't have the new inbox on my iPhone, so I am finding myself relying on that when I want to see everything in one place. (Probably not how Google's product designers figured people would use the systems :)

I like how I can see how many new messages are in each tab.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
Greg MacSweeney
50%
50%
Greg MacSweeney,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/31/2013 | 11:28:08 AM
re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Well, I don't have 52k unread messages. I have about 5k, so I feel lucky!

I'm using the new gmail format. It's not too bad, but I have to check 4 folders to see all of my new messages. There doesn't seem to be a "view all" tab (I could be wrong, let me know). The ability to create custom categories would be nice, but that will probably result in me creating too many categories (if I know myself) and will become fragmented.

The logic is a little off too. I recently placed an order on amazon. The order confirmation went to "primary" while the shipment confirmation went to "promotions."

Luckily, when i can't find something quickly, I just use search, and it appears quickly.


State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
News
COVID-19: Using Data to Map Infections, Hospital Beds, and More
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/25/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll