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Gmail Does Something It Should’ve Done A Long Time Ago

Removes One Annoying Element

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Gmail has been all about improving usability lately. Most recently they’ve announced a big improvement in this area fixing a problem that has annoyed countless emailers including Googlers themselves.

You know how when you get more than one conversation going based on one message, you don’t always have time to read each new one? It can get pretty confusing when trying to remember which ones still need to be read when you go back to them. If you mark the whole thing as unread, then you have to wade through the ones you’ve already read.

It’s almost as if Google was reading my mind because I was annoyed by this very thing only yesterday, and shortly after that they made the announcement that they were fixing this.

"Now if you’re reading a conversation that had unread messages when you opened it and you mark it unread, Gmail will only mark those messages that were unread when you opened the conversation in the first place," explains Softare Engineer David de Kloet. "It’s a small change, but it’s the little things that can make a UI feel right or wrong, and we hope this makes Gmail a little bit more right."

I haven’t dealt with the issue again yet, but I’d say it’s definitely a step in the right direction. de Kloet notes that the feature only works for desktop browsers and not phones at this point.

Hitwise recently reported that Gmail had surpassed YouTube in visits recently. Gmail use should only continue to grow as Google continues to make tweaks to its usability.

Gmail Surpasses YouTube

As of a week ago, Gmail was number 10 in the rankings of most popular sites in all categories according to Hitwise. Yahoo Mail is number 2. Gmail is number 2 among Google properties.

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  • http://Davidbeking.com David King

    That’s crazy…

    It just passed youtube!
    a day in “Internet History” for sure!

  • Joseph

    Gmail does rock for sure, I love the new Gmail Labs , That is cool as heck,

    Also, IMO, gmail has all text ads not like yahoo with all that flashing junk…..

    I think gmail will be the star of the show for a long time !

  • http://www.vipdistinct.com Lifestyle Management

    Wow, gmail beat youtube… is youtube going to be a thing of the past?

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    Gmail beat YouTube?? That is some news..!

    Anyways.. I am so happy about the new chage. It is definitely a great boost for the UI!

  • http://www.kaplang.com Michelle

    Well that is some news…I never thought we would be seeing the day where something else had overtaken YouTube ((((shock))))

    I do use Gmail myself for mail and chat so the changes will be very welcome :)

  • http://randomplaza.net Mitchell Henderson

    But there’s still no way to contact a real human at gmail, like when they make you enter a CAPTCHA to login and it takes 20 hours of trying for a human to get it right (though there’s software that can read them for you)

  • http://www.1to1million.com JD

    This is a great tweak.

    Gmail is the one website I use that is pure function and it has many features which keep my productive.

    It’s the crud that people keep sending me that causes the distractions.

    As to the ads around my email, they really are not a problem for me (going unnoticed 80% of the time) and Gmail’s benefits far out way its means of monetization.

    I convert all my clients and students to Gmail.

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    I’m glad they fixed that, I was annoyed by that thing too.

    Good for the Gmail team, they deserve the attention since this is a far more superior web interface than any other.

  • Bruce R. Gilson

    Gmail passed YouTube. But both are Google properties. So what difference does it make to anyone?

  • http://www.notjustthekitchen.com Guest

    Don’t understand why people use anything else.