Gmail turns into label junkie
What folder are you wearing this season?
Google has rejigged the labelling toolkit in Gmail to make it more accessible and interactive for users.
It’s shifted labels to a more prominent location on the Gmail homepage. Mountain View has also provided a drag and drop function for emails to be added directly into labels.
As a result, the company said it had ditched Right-side Labels, which was an experimental Gmail Labs feature.
“This is the first Labs feature we’re retiring… Now that labels aren’t in their own little box and take up much less space, moving them around the screen didn't seem as important,” wrote Google in a blog post.
Labels now rest above the chat list in Gmail and have been stapled onto the end of the inbox, drafts, spam et al, folders. Additionally users can now hide/show their labels, noted Google.
Our conclusion? Gmail is competing to be the world’s best online Outlook looky-likey. Natch. ®
People explaining labels
Gmail uses Labels like iTunes uses playlists.
This organisational system is also the reason that Gmail doesn't play well with desktop mail clients* and is best used from the web interface as intended.
* When Labels are mapped to IMAP folders you get message duplication on the client, and don't talk to me about POP, they should be ashamed of themselves.
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I find labels extremely useful - basically anything that comes with an activation or serial gets a [SERIAL] label, I have a few other gmail accounts that all get managed by my main account too, so that's when auto-labelling based on which mailbox it's aiming for comes in. If I know I want to see something from a certain account I click on that accounts label.
It's also useful for freelance work either auto-label with a project tag based on sender info, or label as you go, eventually clicking a label is much easier than typing keywords that may or may not miss emails.
Ms Bee, relay this message to the webdevs - STOP MESSING WITH THE COMMENTS SECTION - TOO MANY CHANGES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER! :'(