If you're drowning in e-mails on Gmail, Google has a new tool that could help you swim through them faster. On Thursday, the software giant announced the availability of a new Gmail Meter that provides visual and numerical analytics about your e-mails.
The meter is powered by an Apps Script that runs on the first day of each month. The results, an e-mail with various statistics analyzing your e-mails, is then sent to your Inbox. The stats include Volume Statistics, Daily Traffic, Traffic Patterns, E-Mail Categories, and other metrics. The app was created by a Google Apps Script Top Contributor, Romain Vialard.
Word Count, Thread Lengths
Volume Statistics itemizes how many e-mails were important and starred, the number of different people who sent the e-mails, how many were sent directly to you, and how many replies or original e-mails were sent. Google said that data and other in the Gmail Meter can be useful in making choices in Priority Inbox, which offers automatic sorting, categorizing into sections, and predictive analytics.
Peaks in traffic flow are presented as a time-based graph, allowing users to see when they are most e-mail-productive, and other graphs show the volume of received and sent e-mails over the past week. A pie chart shows the percentage of categorized e-mails, and Time Before First Response indicates how long you take to answer -- and for others to answer you.
If you wonder whether your average e-mail response is too verbose, Word Count presents the data in a bar chart. Other metrics include Thread Lengths, which helps users understand if they're participating in long threads of e-mails, and Top Senders and Top Recipients, which show your most frequent e-mail correspondents.
Gmail Meter can be set up from Google Docs, by opening a Spreadsheet, installing the meter from Script Gallery in Tools, and generating reports.
Last month, Google introduced Account Activity, which provides data about the use of Google services, including e-mail, searches, and other functions. Gmail Meter's analytics overlap somewhat with Account Activity, while offering some additional features.
Of course, some users might begin to feel that Account Activity and Gmail Meter are adding to their information overload, instead of ameliorating it.
Gmail did allow an unscheduled break from information overload for its users earlier this week. On Tuesday morning of this week, Gmail users reported, and Google soon acknowledged, a limited outage of the service.
The company at first said that the problem was affecting less than 2 percent of Gmail users, which was said in January to total about 350 million users worldwide. Later, Google said that as many as 10 percent of users were affected.
Within a couple of hours of the first reports, Google said that Gmail was back to normal. It was the first major Gmail outage since last fall.
Posted: 2012-04-20 @ 8:09pm PT
Gmail meter was developed by Romain Vialard not Google. We work together and post stuff about Google Script at http://GoogleScriptExamples.com