I find it interesting at times, to step back, and just wonder “Why do I do this?” Or, “Why don’t I do this?” Or, “Am I weird? Everyone else gets it to work”!
Right now, the thing I’m trying to understand is my use of Google’s new interface for Gmail. It’s simply called Inbox.
Like many people, I think we’re looking for the magic interface that makes email manageable and maybe even enjoyable? I have Gmail pull all my email from various places (and other services) together in one spot.
When Inbox was announced, it was with limited access. I asked for a copy and got no response. Then, it went to a wider distribution and I tried again and go access to it.
I immediately installed a copy on my Android phone (that seemed to be a no-brainer). I used it and I really liked it. Tap here, get the material, I liked the layout and the way that Inbox organized my incoming messages. It was different from the schema that I used with traditional Gmail. I decided it was a keeper so I downloaded a copy on my iPad. I had the same response. This could be a game changer for me. I tried it in Firefox, my default web browser. It didn’t work; it wanted to run it in Chrome. How about Opera Next then? Nope. It was a Chrome only solution with the promise of others coming soon. So, I used Chrome for a while but kept reverting to Firefox because of the extensions that I use regularly. Even when using it in Chrome, it didn’t seem to have the hook that it did on my phone or tablet.
Then, yesterday, Google announced that Inbox was available on all browser platforms! Sure enough, when I opened Inbox in Firefox, it was there. The look was consistent with the mobile interface.
How’s that for a Sylvia promotion.
But, I started using it for my regular email. I didn’t like it. How could this be? It’s my go-to default on phone and tablet?
I opened another browser and opened traditional Gmail. It did make sense. Is this just a case of product loyalty?
Then, it hit me. I did the same action in both programs. With Inbox, it takes a few more mouse actions to do the same thing. Plus, as I’ll admit, I don’t always read all of the mail sent me. With Gmail, I could just easily tag the stuff that I’m not reading and then mass delete them. I guess it’s a moment of realization that I get too much email. Many of it comes from subscribing to this and that. But, it’s one of my learning platforms and I’ll do what I want.
Maybe it just boils down to function? It’s a lot easily to tap on a device than it is to move a mouse to a spot on the screen and click the mouse button. Then, I really thought about it.
My approach to email is different on a computer than it is on mobile. On mobile, I pick and choose what I want to read at the moment. When I sit down at a computer, I’m on a mission to address them all and reach the mythical inbox-zero.
It was a worthwhile activity and analysis. Now, Inbox access via Firefox is now just a couple of days old. I will give it a thorough shakedown. I’m willing to admit that it’s my preconceived algorithm for attacking the mailbox. Maybe I’ll be further off in the long run mastering this learning curve. As with most things Google, it’s bound to be refined and enhanced.
I’d hate to miss out but it’s slow going at present.