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 Has Built-In Sensitivity

This is a very “Don’t be Evil” kind of thing for Google to do. According to one of Gmail’s information pages (“More on Gmail and Privacy“), context-sensitive ads are not shown next to the content of messages that may be in reference to a tragedy, catastrophic event, or other questionable sort of thing. The page reads, from the relevant section (currently in the third paragraph): “Gmail’s filters also block ads from running next to messages about catastrophic events or tragedies, erring on the side of not displaying an ad if the content is questionable.” Wow, just wow. For better or…

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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 Social Network Feature?

Uh-oh. As if the recent wasn’t enough (still unresolved, by the way), some speculation from Google Operating System suggests that Google will be adding an activity feature to Gmail, similar to Facebook’s news feed. Now, at least Google doesn’t have something like Beacon (yet), but it’s still annoying that they keep doing these things. I really hope they don’t add this feature, because I’m still waiting for them to add an “Off” switch to the Google Reader sharing function. Really, who needs updates from friends in Gmail? As I mentioned before, we have perfectly good services like FriendFeed to keep…

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Gmail Adds Macros-Like Help Panel

This is probably old news by now (OK, it is), but Gmail added a help panel that looks a lot like the one from (and Google Reader, come to think of it). It includes all the default shortcuts. The panel is only available in the new version of Gmail, but if you use the new version (most readers of my blog should, since about 70% of visitors in the last month were using either Firefox or IE7), you can get at the help by hitting “?” on your keyboard. First , then this help panel… What’s next? Full-on Macros integration?…

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Review: Remember The Milk for Gmail

Remember The Milk today released a Firefox extension to add an RTM sidebar to Gmail. It looks cool, I must say. The sidebar can create tasks when you star a message or apply a specified label (useful for me, because I usually star messages that require action). It can also auto-suggest events from your calendar and contacts from your Gmail address book. The full feature list is available on the RTM website. I can see it becoming very useful, because I like to have as few tabs open as possible, and integrating RTM into Gmail would eliminate a tab from…

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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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