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How To Optimize The New Gmail

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    Forget January 1 — for us, this time of year has always been associated with reinvention, renewal, and refinement, even if we aren't going back to school. To help you jump-start the whole process, we're dedicating this week to getting your sh*t together, where you'll find little tricks, tips, and buys to get you and your space into a better place.

    It's a little sad knowing that the freshest of the fresh graduates will be the last people to remember the joy of hearing AOL proudly exclaim, "You've got mail!" Nowadays the only thing you'll hear opening your inbox is a muffled groan at the glaring number of unread messages waiting for you.

    Enter: Gmail, Google's answer to simplifying the way in which we electronically communicate. Since its 2004 inception, Gmail has quickly usurped Hotmail, Yahoo!, and Outlook's e-mail platforms as the webmail service to use. That is until this summer rolled around, and out popped a newer, fancy-pants Gmail.

    Google described its new interface as an "inbox that puts you in control." That's all nice and everything, but it probably didn't predict the audible grunts, groans, and keyboard slams when one-by-one our precious inboxes were suddenly divided into tabs. Our comfortable Gmail lives were turned upside down overnight; important e-mails were getting lost (sorry if your R29 newsletter went to the wrong folder), the sales we sought were missed, and advertisements found a home outside of our spam folder. But Google wasn't too far off with its original statement. The new inbox is, in our humble opinion, quite fantastic. All that's needed is a little primer, and we've got it for ya.

    Learn 'em, use 'em, and breathe a little easier because there's still joy in finding you've got mail.


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