Google introduces Gmail Priority Inbox feature

Google has introduced a new feature today, to combat email overload.

Priority inbox is a beta feature that splits your inbox into three sections: “Important and unread,” “Starred” and “Everything else”. The system enables Gmail to automatically flag messages as important. Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most and which messages you open and reply to. As you continue to use Gmail it will get better at categorizing messages for you. 

If you think this feature seems familiar then you're not wrong. Hotmail recently introduced a similar feature which allows you to "sweep" your inbox clear of clutter. Although Microsoft's implementation is less automated, it's also trying to solve inbox clutter.

Priority Inbox will be rolling out to all Gmail users, including those who use Google Apps, over the next week. Once you see the "New! Priority Inbox" link in the top right corner of your Gmail account then you're all set.

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GMAIL HAS BECOME SKYNET!!

This is one feature I have not rushed to turn on. I just don't get that many e-mails.

Funny video though.

Good to see Google is working hard to come up with amazing, magical, and revolutionary new ways to sort email.

Some day, Google may even solve world hunger, unemployment, end all wars, and figure out how to sort mail alphabetically by sender.

/still waiting for Empty Trash in Google Voice, too

Joshie said,
Good to see Google is working hard to come up with amazing, magical, and revolutionary new ways to sort email.

Some day, Google may even solve world hunger, unemployment, end all wars, and figure out how to sort mail alphabetically by sender.

/still waiting for Empty Trash in Google Voice, too

Nice try, but in all honesty, if you really want to take it that out of context and overboard, if anyone is going to solve these issues, it will be the company that manges to get into every part of our lives.

Oh, but you're in rage mode, that's right, because you don't have an "Empty Trash" button. You poor, poor soul.

LiquidSolstice said,

Nice try, but in all honesty, if you really want to take it that out of context and overboard, if anyone is going to solve these issues, it will be the company that manges to get into every part of our lives.

Oh, but you're in rage mode, that's right, because you don't have an "Empty Trash" button. You poor, poor soul.

LOL, actually, Empty Trash is one of the most requested features of Google Voice, and has been for a LONG time now. There's quite a lot of rage around it, since the understanding so far has been that Google has no intention of ever allowing people to delete more than 10 records at a time, manually, because keeping it difficult means most people will just leave the records there. That sort of information is very useful to Google.

It's kind of like how half the time, emptying trash in Gmail pops up that little 'helper' tip about how "With unlimited storage, who needs to empty trash?!"

lordcanti86 said,
Or they could just...I dunno...give people the ability to sort?

All you need is the search box!
All you need is the search box!
All you need is the search box!

/if you keep repeating it, you might convince yourself some day
//it's the only explanation for people who genuinely believe it
///srsly, I don't know why Neowin bothers making links to the different sections of the site--people can just do a Google search to find Neowin's forums!

Another totally unnecessary "feature" from one of the worst e-mails out there.

If I wanted to have sort through a ton of different parts of my inbox, I'd make my own folders!!

Stupid!!

cork1958 said,
Another totally unnecessary "feature" from one of the worst e-mails out there.

If I wanted to have sort through a ton of different parts of my inbox, I'd make my own folders!!

Stupid!!

u mad

cork1958 said,
Another totally unnecessary "feature" from one of the worst e-mails out there.
If I wanted to have sort through a ton of different parts of my inbox, I'd make my own folders!!
Stupid!!

A.) It's an email SERVICE, not an email, major difference.
B.) If you think it's not needed, don't use it.
C.) If you don't know what the word "automated" means, then don't !@#ing use it.
D.) It's obvious that you don't use Gmail, so why all the hate for what you don't use, eh? Insecurity much about your own email service? Probably because it's not making ANY advancements at all.

TonyLock said,
After using gMail for years, I hate the way Outlook works. Threaded email messages make much more sense.

Outlook 2010 supports threaded "conversations".

TonyLock said,
After using gMail for years, I hate the way Outlook works. Threaded email messages make much more sense.

Outlook 2010, Hotmail Wave 4, and Windows Live Mail 2011 support conversations

AKLP said,
So it reads my mails and then make an algorithm with what i read and what not?
Who said i want google to read my emails?

Gmail doesn't read your emails nor did you read this article....

Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most and which messages you open and reply to...

AKLP said,
So it reads my mails and then make an algorithm with what i read and what not?
Who said i want google to read my emails?

Google definitely don't have enough staff to read millions of mails.

This is about heuristic algorithms that classify mails, not Google reading mails.

Northgrove said,

Google definitely don't have enough staff to read millions of mails.

This is about heuristic algorithms that classify mails, not Google reading mails.

...then they can filter it down to a number of emails easily readable by totalitarian police forces.

This is obviously an attempt to gloss over new tools for spy agencies and sell them to end users as a "feature".

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." - Google CEO Eric Schmidt

If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be using Google.

Neb Okla said,

...then they can filter it down to a number of emails easily readable by totalitarian police forces.

This is obviously an attempt to gloss over new tools for spy agencies and sell them to end users as a "feature".

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." - Google CEO Eric Schmidt

If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be using Google.


Loosen the tin foil hat much? LOL

ir0nw0lf said,

Loosen the tin foil hat much? LOL

I guess you're not much of a student of history... or the present for that matter.

Neb Okla said,

I guess you're not much of a student of history... or the present for that matter.

I am. History maintains that there is an order of magnitude more conspiracy theories then there are conspiracies. He's not kidding; loosen the tinfoil hat, you'll live longer when you don't feel like everyone is out to get you.

Neb Okla said,

I guess you're not much of a student of history... or the present for that matter.

Oh, I pay attention to history. Like how we thought the world was flat. Oh yeah. Major conspiracy, those "the world is round" idiots.

When you setup a filter to tag messages automatically, are they meant to still be in the inbox? Because that seems kind of stupid to me that the message when accessed by IMAP is still in the inbox AND is in a subfolder. How about they fix that to help filtering? Gmail is far from comprehensive, complete, and bug-free as people make it out to be.

smithy_dll said,
When you setup a filter to tag messages automatically, are they meant to still be in the inbox? Because that seems kind of stupid to me that the message when accessed by IMAP is still in the inbox AND is in a subfolder. How about they fix that to help filtering? Gmail is far from comprehensive, complete, and bug-free as people make it out to be.

Umh... do you experience the same issue when not using an email client with IMAP? No?

I think it's a bit entertaining for you to assume that the problem comes from gmail when it could just as easily be a client issue. Keep in mind that google maintains gmail primarily as an online email service.

I set up rules in outlook to do the same thing, but I still had to set it up and maintain it. If this works better I might abandon outlook.

Nice to have it automated! I wouldn't use it if I had to sort them myself. Then I could just as well read them instead and just star them.

paokun said,
Another nice feature for the best email service out there.

Cocky much? I personally find Hotmail much better than GMail but I do not go around saying its the best service out their.

paokun said,
Another nice feature for the best email service out there.
+1 I closed my hotmail account because Gmail gives me more and cool features.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Cocky much? I personally find Hotmail much better than GMail but I do not go around saying its the best service out their.

You just did.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Cocky much? I personally find Hotmail much better than GMail but I do not go around saying its the best service out their.

I have been using both services for as long as they've been online, and everyday wonder how everything just looks and feels smoother on Gmail.
I think no other email service can be compared to these two by far, and to me Gmail is just better under every point of view.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Cocky much? I personally find Hotmail much better than GMail but I do not go around saying its the best service out their.

Out their what?

And why would you accuse a mere Gmail user, with no actual vested interest in Google, of being "cocky"?

And why would you, a mere Hotmail user, with no actual vested interest in Microsoft, take offense at an innocent comment made by a mere Gmail user, with no actual vested interest in Microsoft's rival?

Confused? You are not alone.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Cocky much? I personally find Hotmail much better than GMail but I do not go around saying its the best service out their.

A.) You read waaaaaaaaaay too far into that first comment.
B.) You *just* stated how "good" hotmail is.