Gmail: the one thing I don’t like about it is…


GmailI’m addicted to Gmail. There, I said it. Now that I’ve come out of the closet, I wanted to briefly share my reasons for this infatuation, along with the one beef I have. The fact that I can access my email from any Internet connection wherever I am is huge. Having EV-DO on two of my devices doesn’t hurt, but I’ll make use of a hotspot as needed; I’m not fussy. Staying up to date on key websites is another "Yeah, we’ve got that" in Gmail. Just use the Web Clips function to stay on top of your favs thanks to RSS. Gmail on a mobile phone? It’s in there if you want to direct your mobile to the right URL for proper formatting. No Internet Explorer required. So what’s my problem, if I’m so in love with Gmail?


It’s simple really; we need a little embellishment on the interface: let’s add an "Empty Spam" action to the menu. Why do I have todelete spam on a page view by page view basis? In the Gmail Settings, you can configure Gmail to showup to 100 messages per page, so the 2,400+ messages in my Spam folderrequired over 20 page refreshes or actions. You can select All items, but only the items on a page view will be selected.

Even with the generousstorage space Gmail provides, this many spam messages take up a nice chunk ofcapacity; a chunk I’d like to quickly reclaim, not spend 10 minutes ofmaintenance time to get it back. On the road, time is of the essence.Sure we want our connectivity without limits but the reason we wantthat is because it saves time. We don’t have to tether ourselves to adesktop to check mail; we can just do so when and where we want. Isn’tit about time we saved time in the maintenance tasks too?

Don’t worry "G", I still love ya and nobody’s perfect: not even a beta product. ;) So that’s my beef. How about you? Is there something you would change, add or remove from Gmail? C’mon out of the closet and join me by sharing your thoughts.



Actually you can delete all at once. When you do a select all on a page, there is a link that appears near it (I think it is also highlighted in a way), it will say click here to purge all *however many is your max number*. Once you click that, it drops them all. =)

Marc Orchant

Kevin – you have 5000+ items in your Inbox? You are in serious need of a GTD intervention my friend. ;^)

To your point, this aspect of Gmail’s UI does need work. But you’ll need to be patient. Look how long it took to get a Delete button.


This is the main reason that I finally stopped using GMail. I get a ton of spam. If I travel and can’t get onto GMail for a week it would take me 30 minutes to clear out the SPAM folder.

WORSE: It doesn’t auto-purge after 30 days. In fact at one point I had 11 months of spam in there.

I still use GMail to auto-archive everything, but only for the search feature.

Kevin C. Tofel

Warner, are you still subscribing to the “single blogger” theory? I write the posts and you agree with James?!?! ;) I also pull Gmail though Outlook and Windows Mobile Messaging over the web UI. And Barry, I’m with you on the HTML tags and image in the sig. Then again, this IS just a beta…isn’t it?


I generally like the interface and get hardly any spam. But I am very careful about giving my email address out. You can leave the spam alone anyway, it deletes it automatically


I agree with the spam issue and woudl like to add one other comment. I don’t like the fact that I can’t include HTML tags is my signature file. Or include an image for that matter. I’ve had to resort to setting up pop3 for gmail through Outlook in order to have this functionality but maintain the searchability of Gmail. C’mon guys…gimme some sugar and make the change!


Warner Crocker

I’m with you on this one as well, jk. Love GMail and I hate the interface. I’m gradually migrating most of my email correspondence over to the G. I rarely visit the Gmail interface but pull everything in through Outlook. (Let’s not talk about UI issues there at the moment.) I’ll visit and clean up Gmail once a week or so. Still a pain the the patootie.

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