Found this infographic the other day, courtesy of Gmail’s new thingy called Boomerang. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a new program Gmail has. Here’s how email used to go:
Send an email to Steve
Wait for a response
3 hours to 3 days to 3 weeks later, wonder why you haven’t heard back from Steve
Dig through sent emails, find email to Steve
Re-send email to Steve (or you could pick up the phone, I know, but work with me on this one)
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Boomerang tightens things up. Now you send the email to Steve and set a Boomerang time (notify me in X amount of time if Steve hasn’t replied). Go about your business – if Steve hasn’t replied, the message “boomerangs” back into your inbox so it’s right there and you can act on it.
It’s a timesaver and that makes me happy. Gmail has also made me happy by setting itself up so that if you use the word “attached” in the subject of an email, and don’t attach something – it will pause before sending and let you know. Double check, so to speak.
That’s just brilliant. Imagine the time saved by avoiding the “there’s no attachment” emails, followed by the “oops, sorry her it is!” emails.
Here’s the infographic. It’s – well – informative – especially about what we’re all doing in our inboxes for so much of the day.