Google Gmail Priority Inbox: Sift out the dross

The news for Google’s Gmail service is coming thick and fast at the moment. A few days ago we told how Gmail had extended its ‘undo’ time and then came the launch of Google Voice with Gmail with over one million phone calls being made in the first day. Now there’s another feature called Priority Inbox that’s been launched.

Priority Inbox is an update to help users keep control of their e-mail inboxes to reduce information overload. We all know how frustrating it can be when trying to keep on top of your e-mail means large amounts of time wasted having to sift out the dross from the more important ones. The new feature will grade your e-mails into 4 separate categories, or as Google says, it acts like a “personal assistant helping you focus on the messages that matter,” according to Maggie Shiels on BBC News.

The four categories are important, important and unread, starred items and everything else and I have a feeling that if any of you are like me, the ‘everything else’ may be the biggest section needed. The system works with indicators which Gmail director, Keith Coleman, told the BBC there are lots of in any message. For example one indicator would be if the e-mail is from someone you have regular contact with, or another indicator could be a specific term.

The feature will also develop as it goes and over time will ‘learn’ what is more important to individual users. For more on this go to bbc.co.uk. I have a feeling this new feature will be warmly welcomed by many Gmail users but what do you think? Do you think you will find it useful? Why not send us a comment to let us know your thoughts.