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Sort out your email

india Updated: Sep 14, 2010 12:36 IST
Amit Agarwal

Gmail has always had an excellent spam filter that keeps junk messages out of your Inbox. Then, earlier this week, Google added a reverse feature that is quite unique to Gmail — it’s called the Priority Inbox.

Priority Inbox is like having a personal secretary whose job is to sort your incoming mail based on importance. She knows about your friends, your colleagues and other people with whom you interact regularly and can therefore categorise your email accordingly. There’s one limitation though — it works with incoming emails only and doesn’t really care about the hundreds and thousands of messages that are lying in your Inbox unattended.

I have been testing another impressive web app called ‘Other Inbox’ that brings much needed order to your existing Gmail Inbox and looks like a perfect complement to Google’s Priority Inbox.

Other Inbox scans your mailbox for less-important emails and sorts them into relevant categories. For instance, email alerts from BBC, Google News, etc would go into the News folder while messages from Amazon, iTunes, etc will find their place in the Shopping folder and so on.

You just have to authorise Other Inbox to access your Gmail account once and it does the rest automatically. Depending up the size of your inbox, it might take anywhere between 5-10 minutes for the whole process to complete.

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