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    Another “Where is Music Coming From…” BUG with this new feature from google.

    More info here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=2a133bdd4b0cdec3&hl=en&fid=2a133bdd4b0cdec300048f17eb034c44&hltp=2

    Luckily it only happens in chrome.

    Great post Gina, can’t wait to here more about on TWIG tomorrow!

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    Jose Crosa

    Funny thing is, I already had this feature… It’s called multiple Inboxes and smart filtering. Nice of them to try to make it even more automatic than I’ve made it myself though.

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    Gmail is definitely getting more complicated, trying to incorporate more productivity tools as well as social add ons. Now that Wave is in a coma, lots of its features will probably be transfused into Gmail, making it even more complex and “professional.”

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    there’s a not at all hidden easter bunny that comes with the new Priority Inbox.
    At some point a looney tune started playing out of the blue in my speakers. I started closing tabs, apps, the last thing I suspected was Gmail. I feared a virus, right in my livingroom 🙂

    Then, I realised it’s gmail: Why is Gmail automatically playing music?

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    I decided to subvert Google’s new toy for my own purposes. I’m not using the Important label at all; I even turned off the indicator. Instead, I’m using the new collapsible sections as a more elegant implementation of Multiple Inboxes for my GTD scheme. I’ve got them set up as:

    – Unread
    – Starred (needs a reply from me)
    – Drafts (is getting a reply from me)
    – Everything Else (waiting for reply from others)

    I do wonder why it’s limited to four sections, and why they can’t be reordered, but that will probably come with time.

    As to the worry, I couldn’t agree with you more, Gina. I have a sense that the Google suite is in the awkward, adolescent stage of its development. The new Gmail layout is someone’s vision of a Google where all of your apps are accessed by tabs from a common interface, and it has a strained relationship with the menu bar that’s already there on the top of the page. Meanwhile, other apps are shyly poking their noses into Gmail, like Voice (through the chat pane) and Docs (through the Labs search feature).

    Somewhere in Google’s future, there’s a unified inbox page where new email, documents, calls, texts, voicemails, Buzz posts and RSS items are sent and received. But we’ll have to endure a lot of weird transitional mutations before we get there.

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    Waiting for it to appear in my inbox (UK), can’t wait! Looking forward to the next TWiG.

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    I don’t think I have a problem with Gmail adding lots of features as long as I can easily turn off the ones I don’t like. It would be kind of neat if each “feature” (voice, me?, buzz) could “plug in” to gmail but also have their own dedicated web apps/page.

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    Daryl Hunt

    I like the new Inbox option but I agree that Gmail should not become a dumping ground or dashboard unless you have simple ways to turn things on or off.

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    Jason Treit

    I’d love see Priority Inbox merged with the Multiple Inboxes lab. And soon. Their feature sets overlap pretty awkwardly.

    As of writing, Priority doesn’t allow custom filters. Meanwhile Multiple has fewer resizing options, repeats the message options strip for each box (why?), and lacks Priority’s redundancy filter for the bottom inbox.

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