If their was one “social network” I hated most it would have to be email.
Despite the advances of Gmail over the years, more often than not I would be flooded with messages (between 100-200 daily) that while were not spam, were nonetheless annoying.
Fortunately it looks as if our Google overlords were just as frustrated as we were, and have launched a new beta feature called Priority Inbox which should make life easier for those on the go.
Gmail has always been pretty good at filtering junk mail into the â€œspamâ€ folder. But today, in addition to spam, people get a lot of mail that isn’t outright junk but isn’t very importantâ€”bologna, or â€œbacn.â€ So we’ve evolved Gmail’s filter to address this problem and extended it to not only classify outright spam, but also to help users separate this “bologna” from the important stuff. In a way, Priority Inbox is like your personal assistant, helping you focus on the messages that matter without requiring you to set up complex rules. (Official Gmail Blog)
While there are a few kinks to work out with the system (as it sometimes marks emails I loathe as “priority”), this one feature alone has brought me back to my inbox instead of relying on Facebook for the important messages.
Although this one feature will probably make Gmail the preferred email service for GTDer (or Get Things Done), I wouldn’t be surprised if Google’s rivals mimic this upon their respective email platforms.