Priority InBox feature in Gmail
Do you use GMail for your email needs? Then you must have noticed an interesting change in your inbox for segregating your mail as important one or unimportant one.
This feature is not a classification that you make manually like starred-unstarred mails or labels you create for your mails. Interestingly, importance of a mail that you receive is decided by Gmail automatically using its intelligent classification algorithm. You can also manually decide whether a mail is important or not by individually marking mails as important or unimportant. Google priority box settings can also be used for manual settings for classification of your mail in general
It seems, by using priority box you will never accidentally delete an important mail which you want to save in your inbox for ever.
This is what Google says about this new feature
- Email is great, except when there's too much of it. Priority Inbox automatically identifies your important email and separates it out from everything else, so you can focus on what really matters.
- Gmail uses a variety of signals to identify important email, including which messages you open and which you reply to.
- Incoming email gets separated into sections: important and unread, starred, and everything else.
- Over time, Priority Inbox gets better at predicting what's important to you. You can help train it using the Gmail priority inbox buttons buttons.
Speciality of Google Priority box:
Unlike spam filtering, finding important messages is more difficult because you can't use information from other accounts to classify messages. Google has to build a personalized classifier for each Gmail user and it needs a lot of messages.
Gmail takes into account implicit signals like: the messages from people you frequently email are important, if a message includes words frequently used in other messages you usually read then it's probably important, the messages you star are probably more important than the messages you archive without opening.
To predict which of your incoming messages are important, Gmail automatically takes into account a number of signals, including:
- Who you email (For example, if you email Bob a lot, it's likely that messages from Bob are important.)
- Which messages you open (Messages you open are likely more important than those you skip over.)
- What keywords spark your interest (If you always read messages about soccer, a new message that contains those same soccer words is more likely to be important.)
- Which messages you reply to (If you always reply to messages from your mom, messages she sends you are likely to be important.)
- Your recent use of stars, archive and delete (Messages you star are probably more important than messages you archive without opening.)
Email importance ranking works best for people who receive a lot of email. If you don't receive tens or hundreds of messages a day (or even if you do!), you can help train Gmail to classify your important messages more accurately using the important and not important buttons. If a certain type of message isn't getting classified correctly, use the buttons or create a filter.
Google priority Box Settings:
Google priority box settings is available as one of the menu item link in Gmail settings.
Take look at this Gmail Priority box settings
This is the new classified Gmail inbox
Check this Google video on Gmail priority inbox