The G-Spot of Gmail

8/30/07 6:00 AM , 1 Comments

I'm not a frequent Gmail user, but the last few days I have been frequently using my account for something besides logging into Blogger and customizing my Google front end. I'm helping count votes for a club's election (no spoilers about that here), and I wanted to use a separate email account from my daily one so the votes didn't get lost in the mix of the flood of emails I receive everyday (because I have signed up for newsletters about special offers from almost every manufacturer and retailer of almost every item I have ever purchased).

Anyway, I was trying to figure out how to organize my emails so I could find them easier through folders and I discovered that there aren't really folders in Gmail. Instead, you get to use tags. I use tags on Blogger a lot (notice the giant label cloud on this blog made of tags), so this was familiar turf. I have to say I'm in love with the tags as a sorting mechanism. Cross-referencing is one of the most helpful and cumbersome tasks when it comes to organizing information, and in my regular AOL account I have about 30 folders. While this works for most of what I receive, I find myself constantly creating more specific folders so I can easily find what I need.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not switching my mail to all Gmail or anything drastic like that. I've become to accustomed to AOL over the years and love their Plaxo interface (when it's working), but I thought that the labeling feature of Gmail was too cool not to comment on. If you have a need for quick and easy email organization, Gmail is the ticket.


“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents


Unknown said...

I've used nothing but gmail for the last three years. It's awesome. I mostly use it to POP onto my computer, but it's great to have that search ability when you want to find that one e-mail from two years ago.