Gmail Priority Inbox?

So who IS using Gmail's priority inbox? I'm not. My wife is not. My friends are not. I know of many email industry people who have told me they are not using it. Are you using it? If so, why? If not, why?

10 comments:

  1. I go back and forth between using / not using it as I am curious how it categorizes messages. What I have found is that it simply causes my unread count to skyrocket and my mailbox usage % to go up as I tend to not delete things in the "regular" mailbox. Also, it isn't a great filter from an intelligence standpoint.

    All-in-all I chalk this up with Wave and the Facebook Messaging initiative, a technologically astute answer to the wrong question.

    Both Google and Facebook are trying to solve problems based on their perspective, not ours.

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  2. It is enabled on my account, but I use an MUA to read my mail, and so it makes no difference to me. But then, I'm an anachronism, I suppose.

    hey - interesting that iPhone & iPAd introduce a whole new generation of users to the pleasures of an actual email client.

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  3. I never turned it on. I don't see the point.

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  4. I use it sometimes. I still have to get round to fine-tuning it, but I like the subdivision of my inbox into important/urgent mail and other mail that needs to stay there for some reason.

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  5. I use it, mostly because there's no reason for me to turn it off. It does what it claims to do, and fairly accurately (I have to teach it sometimes, but not often). Turning it off doesn't make Gmail better.

    Makes you wonder what usage of Priority Inbox would be like were it the default.

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  6. I have it for login so I can easily get to the important ones and the starred ones.
    Then if I've got time to sift through the rest - normally twice a day - I'll pop over to the normal inbox, where I have the 'multiple inbox' labs extension and go through the rest: social notifications, family fwds, commercial shopping stuff, fantasy football(soccer) etc. etc.

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  7. I find it faster to work off of a desktop client rather than Gmail. Gmail is loaded with some much client side scripting, it really slows productivity down. Plus their spam detection is really awful for certain niches. If you work in an industry where phishing email attempts are the norm, you receive too many false positives to make Gmail spam filtering worth using. That, also affects, what you see in your inbox. So, I end up spending more time marking emails as ham, which affects what appears in my Priority Inbox. Good idea in concept, but execution for my niche is a disaster.

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  8. I think they solved the wrong problem. The problem isn't what is important or not. The problem is mailbox clutter. Help organize that. Automatically tag a message Retail, Bills, Friends, etc.

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  9. I started off using it, thinking it would be quite useful, but at this point I find myself using the normal inbox more frequently.

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  10. I'm with Jeff on this point, I think. Binary sorting of important/non-important doesn't make sense to me. Folders by catergory: Some friends have their own folder, a folder for friends not-otherwise-specified, bills and statements go in a folder for that particular company, mailing lists each get their own folder, and so forth. Inbox is pretty much just a not-quite-sure-what-this-stuff-is folder.

    I don't use my gmail account for much, but I do sort it that way too. (On the MUA side, afaik gmail filters allow sorting on a rather limited selection of headers)

    Tried the important vs regular inbox approx very briefly, too much stuff all in two places wasn't much better than too much stuff all in one place.

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