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4 responses to “Gmail Themes as Productivity Tools?”

  1. Ben Kepes

    Zoli – that’s finding a benefit where it’s hard to see one existing. The truth is that Google should allow Gmail to be an aggregation point for lots of different mail accounts and users should be able to set rules for “mail from” options.

    Having a bunch of individual windows with funny themes in order to keep constant is a backwards hack…

    Now true widgetisation – multiple gmail accounts as widgets on an iGoogle page – that’d be grand……

  2. Zoli Erdos

    “should”? But it does …

    I’m actually using one “master” business account for several other accounts, using rules / labels / respond from account based on the exact logic you mention.

    I still prefer to keep business and personal correspondence separate (the two main domain accounts) and also keep junk in separate accounts.

    So I guess I have a hybrid system, a few (3) main accounts where I used to have probably a dozen in my pre-Gmail life.

    That said, it’s a personal choice – with multiple accounts, I do find the different themes helpful.

  3. Krishnan Subramanian

    Actually, what Zoli is saying is true. I have around 12 accounts (personal, professional, 3 companies where I am partner, etc). Themes will help faster identification while having many tabs open.

  4. Ben Kepes

    Well Zoli it kind of does…. but it does raise the question about real customisation and a users ability to tailor things to their particular (and often times bizarre) use patterns