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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gmail Groups Same Subject Messages Together Into A Conversation

Top 12 Gmail Features That Leave Lotus Notes Dusted In This Era Of Social Media

Point 7: Gmail Groups Same Subject Messages Together Into A Tidy Conversation

Have you ever sent out a message to your team and then had to hunt for the replies in your inbox?

Or maybe you opened your email to find that someone had responded to a message you sent out 2 weeks before and you could not recall the details of the original message?

If you ever had an email discussion with several people over several days, then you know that some of those replies can be spread out in your inbox across several dates. To get them grouped together, you’ll need to reorganize your email view along the subject header.

You know, hit the title bar entitled “subject” to reorganize your message view.

Well, with Gmail, this happens automatically. Now, instead of reorganizing your message entries along subject headings, all messages and replies regarding this particular subject are placed in a collapsible grouping.

And as new replies come in, the entire grouping, or conversation, jumps to the top of your inbox stack.

Now it’s much easier to follow along the gmail conversation.

Can you say, “Gmail, organize my messages and save me some time”?

Say goodbye forever to message hunting.

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2 comments:

Zoltan said...

While this feature may be useful for some, it is more than useless, it is aggravating for others. The behavior of how the messages with the same Subject are handled should be controlled with an option in the Google settings.

Larry Prevost, Sales IT Tech said...

Zoltan - you are right. For some people, it is aggravating, it's a change up from the way everything else works. And as you say, for others, it is useful. They appreciate not having to wander all over the place to collect messages dealing with the same subject. And then there are some people out there that don't want to play with switches, buttons or settings. They like the default settings because they have to G.O.T.A.A.S. (Get Off Their Behinds And Sell). They don't have the time nor the inclination to figure all of this stuff out.

If you have a good idea on how to change this up, let the boys at Google know about it. You may even find your name in lights as the guy who put the "conversation switch" in Gmail.

Remember that your sales people don't have the time to mess around with this stuff. That's why they depend on people like you and me to figure it all out and make it useful so they can do what they do best.