New Gmail Feature – Merge Contacts

I just read about this great new feature for Gmail that lets you select multiple contacts and merge them into one – I could really use this to clean up my contacts – but for some reason I can’t get my contacts page to load in Firefox. Whenever I click on Contacts I get this popup.

Gmail Contacts Error

I can’t get it to go away – it keeps coming back so I have to force my browser to quit and then reload. Anyone have this issue? Is it caused by a plugin I have installed?

Anyway, maybe you can try out the new merge feature – I’ll be disabling my plugins until I can figure out how to get into mine.

Gmail Multiple Inboxes

The title I think is a little misleading – but this new feature from Google Labs is awesome!! When I first read this, I thought I could read multiple Gmail accounts in one window – but what it really means is that I have have multiple searches run right in my inbox screen.

The new feature–called Multiple Inboxes–allows users to have multiple viewing panes open simultaneously without having to open another browser window. The upgrade gives users a quick view at important labels as well as saved searches.

Gmail Multiple Inboxes

I have set this up in my work email to show me unread items at the top and then items from the multiple Koha mailing lists – this is pretty darn handy. Check it out under the Google Labs in your email account – that and many other of the Labs tools are well worth installing to make your Gmail experience that much more enjoyable – and productive.

Create Doc from Gmail

Pretty soon Google is going to have to organize their Gmail Labs page better. There was so much on there I didn’t know about.


Today I added the ability to move boxes around on the right (something I’ve been dying for) and the ability to export an email thread as a Google Document.

I could have used that this AM when I needed to find a way to copy an entire thread of emails to clean up for documentation.

Found via DownloadSquad.

Integrated Gmail Firefox Add-on

I read about this neat sounding add-on for Firefox on Lifehacker – but unfortunately it’s not ready for prime time.

Allows you to make the Inbox Collapsible and loads your choice of Google Calendar, Reader, Notebook, Groups, etc… plus Custom URLs and Google Gadgets seamlessly into the gmail interface. Works w/Google Apps Accounts and GMail Themes.

I installed the Integrated Gmail add-on, but every time I went to Gmail I got an error pop up :(

I guess I’ll just have to wait for more testing before it works on my combo on OSX and Firefox. If you get this to work, let me know how you like it.

Addicted or Workaholics?

Janie posted a poll a little while ago to find out about email habits of library workers. I filled it out and I can tell you that I was checking work email on my honeymoon and so checking it on weekends is no big deal to me :)

Janie has posted her results and included this interesting summary:

My question is this – are we addicted to email/the web or are we all workaholics? I don’t know what it is for me. I think it’s a bit of both – maybe with a pinch more addiction than workaholic.

MarkMail: Mailing List Search

Last year I bookmarked MarkMail and then promptly forgot about it. Today I was searching for someone’s email address and was brought back to MarkMail – wow has it grown!!

Searching 4,310 lists and 22,872,030 messages. First list started in November 1992. There are 2,898 active lists, recently accumulating 5,907 messages per day.

Basically, MarkMail is a search engine you can use to search mailing lists. It’s built by MarkLogic – a group of awesome people!

More about MarkMail:

MarkMail is a free service for searching mailing list archives, with huge advantages over traditional search engines. It is powered by MarkLogic Server: Each email is stored internally as an XML document, and accessed using XQuery. All searches, faceted navigation, analytic calculations, and HTML page renderings are performed by a small MarkLogic Server cluster running against millions of messages.

Check it out for yourself!

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Gmail Contacts

I just read that Gmail has improved their contact handling by not putting every address you ever contact into your contacts list.

We’ve heard from some of you that Gmail’s auto-added contacts can lead to too much address book clutter. One of the advantages of automatically creating contacts is that all of the addresses you email subsequently show up in auto-complete. We wanted to preserve this benefit while giving you the ability to have a clean, uncluttered contact list, and we’ve come up with a solution that’s rolling out this week. It separates your contacts into two groups: “My Contacts” and “Suggested Contacts.”

This is all well can good – but can you tell me how to send a message to someone on my contacts without typing their name first? When using Google Apps through work I have a button that lets me do this:

But when using my personal email account it looks different:

As for why my Gmail looks all dark and pretty – that’s because I’ve installed a neat skin.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Colored Labels in Gmail

Colored Labels

Nothing really fancy here – but I was a bit confused this morning – something looked different in my email. Looks like Google is using colored labels (like they let me do with my Google Calendar).

This is just one of those fun little features that makes things pretty – and can be useful for those who have a lot of labels – I (on the other hand) had to do several searched to get the screenshot I’m showing you here.

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Permalinks in Gmail

Did you know that Gmail added Permalinks? Thanks to Google Blogoscoped for pointing me to these tips on the Official Gmail Blog. Among them is the fact that the URLs in Gmail have changed so that you can easily copy and paste them.

Now, I’m trying to find a good use for this – and other than having a shared email account – why would I want to keep a permalink? I’m not sure – maybe it’s an email with very important data – but then I usually just “star” it … I’ll have to think this through – but if you have ideas, feel free to share. For now, here are 3 ideas from Google Blogoscoped:

Here's why this can be useful:

  • Sometimes a conversation thread contains details for a certain event, an event which you now decide to add to e.g. Google Calendar. What's easier than copying & pasting the conversation information into your event? Right, just linking to the Gmail thread from your calendar event is. (Your thread is password-protected with your Google account credentials of course, so you won't create an additional privacy risk either – though I would probably not post such permalinks in public places, who knows what the permalink ID can be abused for with some hack!)
  • You can now share searches with a friend, e.g. tell them "Check out the previous mail I sent you at …".
  • You can now bookmark certain labels. In Firefox, you can also then create a shortcut for such a label bookmark. Say you bookmarked "" – right-click the bookmark and select properties; in the keyword field, enter "job". Now, you can enter "job" in the Firefox address bar at any time to be taken straight to your Gmail job label/ folder and the conversations contained within it.

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I just learned about Todoist – an online task manager. Nothing fancy there, but Lifehacker also points me to a Firefox extension that will allow me to integrate Todoist into Gmail. That would work if I actually used the Gmail page – what I’d like to see is a to do list integrated into Google Calendar – when is that coming??

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