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8 things I think you’ll like about google’s new Inbox.

I’m not a very tidy person. I don’t mind messes or chaotic spaces. I like things *clean* but I don’t mind if things are out of place. In the context of my email, I rarely ever archive or clean up my email. As it stands, I’ve had my google gmail account now for 12 years and I’ve barely ever deleted anything.

But I got an invite to google’s new app called ‘inbox’. I’m hopeful about this app. It is a step in the right direction for google and gmail, and I’m happy to start using it. Here are 8 things that I like:

1. It’s Everywhere!

I have Inbox on both my desktop (Macbook Pro Retina) and my iPhone. It integrates well and the interfaces are the same so I can do everything I need to do on both spaces. I don’t always like that there’s a ‘mobile version’ of a bigger application when I want to perform tasks on my iPhone as well.

iPhone version of Inbox

2. Easy to “Do Something With That Thing!”

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You can ‘Pin’ the email to the inbox (which utilizes the ‘star’ status), schedule for it to appear again later so you can handle it then, or mark it as ‘Done’. This effectively archives the email and removes it from the inbox. Don’t worry, it comes back if someone replies.

3. Really want to reply to that email but can’t right this minute?

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This is about the scheduling feature, which is pretty cool. It allows you to address an email at a later time. You can ‘snooze’ until tomorrow, next week, or ‘Some day’ which allows for you to select a custom time. This can act as reminders or help you to schedule a response to an email, which an be helpful.

4. You can view all the Important Things with one simple toggle! Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 6.49.39 PM

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5. Writing an Email is SO SIMPLE.

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There’s a few features that I’m sure that they could provide like the ability the indent text, but for the most part it makes writing an email super easy. Thumbs up.

6. Things are smartly bundled together.

So far, I’m liking the way things are bundled. It helps me get into ‘modes’ of thinking. If I set aside time to deal with finances, for instance, I can check the FINANCE bundle of emails and deal with it all at once. This should increase my productivity since it hides emails not necessarily helpful to my day.

7. Happy Color Scheme is Happy!

BLUEEEEEEEEEE and sunshine = happy!

8. It’s better than Gmail!

Gmail hasn’t changed a whole lot over the last 11 years (as of April 1, 2015) but some may argue that it didn’t need to change much. I know plenty of people who felt confused by the interface and switched back to yahoo or hotmail. Maybe this new paradigm of email will bring them back. Maybe.

Overall, I like that this product seems to actually be completed and not ‘beta’ stage like gmail was for, like, forever.

I have already given my invites but if you’d like to be on the list to receive more invites, please leave a comment in this post and I’ll send invites in the order in which I receive the comment. Make sure your comment has real content otherwise I’ll just assume you’re spam. Ain’t nobody got time for that.