Is Google’s new Priority Inbox going to redefine the way we look at junk mail?
So, I was super psyched when Google launched the service Priority Inbox (beta, of course) in Gmail, where the system (with a little bit of training) will automatically classify incoming mail not just in two folders – junk / not junk – but rather in three – junk, not junk and important.
Currently I’m using a number of different tags, stars and what have you to keep track of what messages needs following up in my inbox, and it felt like a God send to have this task done automatically. But, after reading an article on Notes on Digital it suddenly appeared to me that this may be turn out to be really, really bad.
I mean, really – how often do I look into the spam folder? Never. I used to do it once in a while, but quit after deciding that the system is good enough at filtering out the “real” mail from spam. It’s not a far fetched to guess that, eventually, the same thing can (and most probably will) happen to my regular inbox, leaving me with three inboxes; junk, messages I really need to read and messages I could easily ignore.
Let’s just see how often the latter will be looked through.