Gmail 'Smart Labels' feature to keep mails organized
We receive hundreds of e-mails every day, and not all are spam. There are mails regarding promotional offers, Facebook notifications etc.
So, last Wednesday Google had introduced ‘Smart Labels’ in Gmail. Once enabled, this ‘Smart Labels’ will automatically sort out the incoming mails into ‘Bulk,’ ‘Forum,’ and ‘Notification’ folders.
How to enable?
To activate the Gmail ‘Smart Labels’ feature, you need to go to the Labs tab in Settings, click on ‘Smart Labels’ and save the settings.
Once it’s enabled, mass mailings like newsletters and promotions will automatically go to ‘Bulk’ folder. Group mailing lists will go to ‘Forum’ and messages that were sent to you directly, like bank statements or e-mail receipts will go to ‘Notification’ folder.
At this moment, ‘Smart Labels’ is purely a ‘Gmail Labs’ project, which means it's still under assessment.
Google explained the usefulness of this feature in their blog post, which read, “People get a lot of email these days. On top of personal messages, there are group mailing lists, social network notifications, credit card statements, newsletters you might have signed up for, and promotional email from a shopping site you used once months ago.
“Last year, we launched Priority Inbox to automatically sort incoming email and help you focus on the messages that matter most. Today, we're launching a complementary feature in Gmail Labs called Smart Labels, which helps you classify and organize your email."
Google also advised, "If you already use filters and labels to organize your mail, you may find that you can replace your existing filters with Smart Labels."
A few drawbacks
However, there are a few drawbacks with this useful feature. If you sort out group mailings like newsletters with store promotions and more important notifications like credit card statements, you may never read them.
Another problem is that if any mail is improperly sorted, you need to search all those folders to get that important mail.
Thankfully, if a ‘Smart Label’ folder does not recognize and categorize the mails properly, you can report it to Google.