July 17, 2006

What's with Gmail?

I just can't get the hang of Gmail. I'm the kind of person who doesn't keep their inbox very clean, even though I create lots of folders that help me file away emails for future perusal (for example, at work I use Eudora. I have 369 emails in my inbox, 26 folders [i.e. mailboxes], and about 86 sub-folders).

So, yeah, Gmail is all about search, not filing. But I can't help myself. If they didn't want us to file, why did they give us labels? OK, so I guess I'm supposed to treat labels like tags or keywords, and stop thinking of them as folders. Problem is, they're listed on the left side of my screen and dagnabit they sure look a lot like folders. So periodically I have an overwhelming urge to get some of the crap out of my inbox and I dutifully go about selecting emails, giving them labels, and then archiving them to remove them from my inbox. Uh, talk about labor intensive! I need drag and drop bad.

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