Gmail Smart Labels

Gmail introduced new smart labels earlier this week as a Labs feature. When you activate this lab, Google will attempt to assign the appropriate label to the message.  At this time, these labels are categorized as:

  • Bulk
  • Forums
  • Notifications
  • Personal
  • Promotions

This is a great first step, but think of how much further it could go!  It would be amazing for Gmail to learn what labels it should apply to different mail depending on who sent it, what the subject is, and other pertinent data.  For instance, our developers always label security updates as a ‘ToDo Item’, as well as a label that indicates what website it is pertinent to.  While our current filters work great for this type of thing, it would make everyone’s lives so much easier if this happened in the background.  So get on that, Google engineers.  A pint of Guinness is in it for you next time we’re at the Googleplex.

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State of the Union

Technology had some hefty mentions in tonight’s State of the Union. While vague about the details of improving the nation’s technological infrastructure, President Obama did show commitment to investing in the future. The United States has slipped in high speed internet availability, and this must be rectified for continued innovation.

One glaring omission was any mention of “net neutrality”. Recently, the FCC laid out their rules for enforcing neutrality on landlines, but allowed wireless carriers to prioritize and delay traffic at their discretion.  As a small technology company, we want to make sure that the big players in the industry can’t overshadow the small companies.  With the current rules, big players may get preferential treatment.  Innovation comes from both big and small companies, and allowing all companies to have the same guidelines for network traffic will ensure that this continues.

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