How to Use Gmail Labels Properly

Over the months, I’ve seen a lot of complaints from people who don’t like Gmail’s labeling features and want Google to implement folders. The only problem here is, labels can already be used as folders. You just don’t assign more than one label to a conversation. One comment in particular, on Matt Cutts’ recent post requesting Gmail feature suggestions, got my attention. The author, Luke Daly, says: FOLDERS!!! I hate the labels feature, I want to add a email to a folder and not see it again until I view that folder Luke, you can. Set up a filter like…

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Google’s Stealing Ideas from Gmail Userscripts

Now I know why Google doesn’t frown on Greasemonkey userscripts being written for Gmail. They use them for improvement ideas! The latest example of this is yesterday’s addition of an “Always Archive” shortcut, the ‘e’ key, which was introduced by Gmail Macros. Admittedly, that script was written by a Google employee (the original was, at any rate), but from a completely separate team. Previous examples: and . Interesting, at the very least. Google’s probable idea: “Let’s make an easily-extended front-end to Gmail, publicize the unofficial “API”, and let our users give us ideas that we can rip off and announce…

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Some Users Could Be Experiencing Gmail Outages

My site stats are telling me I have a spike in traffic from searches relating to Gmail outages today. All the keywords are similar to “gmail down january 11”, with some minor variations, most leading to my post from last January. To me, that’s a good sign that Google’s having some problems. My account is unaffected thus far, though it might be (you never know). Maybe this is some sort of rolling outage having to do with a major network upgrade. Or maybe there are brownouts (short power outages) at one of Google’s datacenters (unlikely; they must have enormous backup…

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New Gmail Contact Manager Turned for the Worse

I still remember the old Gmail contact manager. It was great; I could enter custom labels for each section, and I wasn’t constrained to “Home”, “Work”, and “Other”. Some people have half a dozen or more email addresses, for example, and that kind of drop-down-menu labeling system doesn’t work. Google, please add back the ability to enter custom values for field types (a “Custom” option that could dynamically show a text box, maybe)! I used it all the time, and it’s really missing from the new contact manager interface. While we’re on the subject of Gmail’s contact manager, Zoli Erdos…

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Gmail Storage Counter Slowed

It seems as though the storage increase in Gmail has slowed. Before it was going up several megabytes an hour; now it’s a paltry 3.5 MB per day (according to an anonymous Wikipedia editor). I did think something seemed amiss when the counter wasn’t increasing as usual today. Now I know why; it’s not just my account. Could it be that Google was actually starting to run out of disk space?

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Gmail Chat AIM Integration Rolling Out

Google Blogoscoped is reporting that Google seems to be rolling out the rumored AIM integration in Gmail Chat. The screenshot (which I’ve also posted below) shows a new section in the Gmail chat options tab with status information on AIM. I don’t have it yet, and neither does Philipp, but the hat-tip at the bottom of the Blogoscoped post hints that a forum user named Luka (who pointed out some information on the colored labels yesterday). Google has added information on the AIM integration to their Help Center, noting that you still need an AIM account to use the feature.…

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Gmail Getting Built-In Label Coloring

Several users at the Google Blogoscoped forum are reporting that their Gmail accounts now have the option to apply colors to labels. Previously, this was accomplished with a Greasemonkey userscript; however that script, along with practically all the others, no longer works with the new Gmail code. And it looks like it won’t have to. Personally, I never used that particular script, but now that the feature is getting baked into Gmail, with a nice convenient color picker no less, I might start coloring some of my labels (the userscript required renaming labels with a hex color suffix). Also added…

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Google Confirmations: JotSpot and Gears Access, Among Others

There are several sources of information regarding statements made by Scott Johnston at a recent Google Apps presentation in Ann Arbor, and all the statements are very interesting. Among other things, Google announced (or hinted strongly at) the launch of the JotSpot wiki service, now branded Google Sites, next year; Google Gears access to Gmail and Google Calendar; offline editing of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; integration between GrandCentral and Google Apps (“they are working on it and it is a ‘huge priority’ for them” — ZDNet); and, in the far future, videoconferencing within Google Apps. Now, I don’t know how…

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Gmail Chat Gets Talk Gadget Features, but Client Still Lacks

Once again, Google has updated Gmail. Coming just a few weeks after the is support for Group Chat and graphical emoticons in Gmail’s chat function. It looks interesting, and I was wondering when all the innovations of the Google Talk Gadget would be brought to Gmail. I’m glad they did it. The only thing left now is for Google to bring the features home to the Google Talk client, where the service started. Through a conversation with one of my friends, I’ve hashed out some possible reasons for Google’s lack of updates for the client: i80and: Anyway, their main focus…

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First DMCA Notice Sent

I’ve just hit the Send button on my first DMCA notice, which I’ve been composing for the last several days. It being Thanksgiving, perhaps my note will have an aura of elevated importance, since people aren’t usually working today. I definitely don’t expect a response until tomorrow at the earliest. So, we’ll see how it goes. If I get a takedown, that’s obviously the best. If (Larry and Sergey forbid) I should get a denial, then woe to me; but let’s not talk about that. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts… I am in my happy place… Keep watching here for more…

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