Know More about your e-mail habits with Gmail Meter

Ever wanted to know how many mails you’ve sent in a month on Gmail or how long you take to answer an e-mail? I’m sure you did, so here is Gmail offering you the Gmail Meter. The meter will send you a monthly report of various aspects of how you use e-mail.

Gmail Meter was not designed by Google themselves, but by Romain Vialard a regular Google Apps Script contributor. Gmail has started offering the service and here’s how you can install it, go to Google Docs and create a new spreadsheet (and save it). Click on Tools, followed by Script Gallery, then search for “Gmail Meter” and click Install. An authorization prompt will ask for you to grant the tool access. A new menu item called Gmail Meter will appear on the spreadsheet. Select Gmail Meter and then Get a Report. You will get an email once the report is ready.

Looking at the features offered by the app, here are a few. Volume statistics will give you an idea of the number of important and starred messages, the number people who sent you mails etc. It gives you a clear picture of how you’re using Gmail’s priority inbox feature.

Daily traffic statistics will tell you when you receive your e-mails and send them during a month. It will be represented in a pictorial line graph. The traffic pattern will appear in a bar-graph keeping you informed about your e-mail activity over the past week.

Look out for this feature that tells you how you keep your inbox, a pie-chart representation of percentages of your e-mail share in each category. The categories like inbox, labels, archived, trash will all have percentage denominations giving you fair idea of how organized your mail box is. The response time feature will tell you, how much you take to respond to e-mails and similarly the time others take to reply. There is even a word count feature to tell you how long or short your e-mails are, pretty cool, isn’t it?

The Gmail meter was preceded by an “Account Activity” feature rolled out by Google, keeping you informed of how well you use the site.

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