“[Google] could just be pulling the wool over our eyes.”
Gmail’s new-ish tabbed inbox offers the mechanized convenience of sorting all of your solicitations—your Groupons and Gap coupons—into one pile away from your more important email. Right now, that pile—called the Promotions Tab—looks like any other tower of email. But in a new Gmail update, Google has transformed the design from list to Pinterest, with a grid of minimal white cards driven by prominent photos (along with a corporate logo, one-line summary, and the option to star or trash the deal).
Wow, that’s actually a good idea.
“All these people [at Google] were telling me that it was a bad idea and it would fail. But I didn’t really care, I thought they were all wrong and tried it anyway—and it worked.”
"Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around. But it doesn’t have to be that way."
In a blog post today, Google introduced a new Gmail inbox that aims to prevent information overload and “puts you back in control” by allowing you to automatically filter incoming messages.
At the Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York City yesterday, the Sunlight Foundation, a D.C. nonprofit fighting for government transparency, unveiled a new Gmail plugin they call Inbox Influence. The nifty little program scans public records to show you the political contributions made or received by the people and organizations who send you emails every day. Is your new boss a Paul Ryan-ite? Is that little “neighborhood” group funded by the Koch brothers? Did your Match.com date write a bunch of checks to Anthony Weiner? Now you can find out!