Ever wonder who you email most frequently? What about the longest conversation threads you’ve had? A new tool built using Google’s App Scripts lets you understand exactly what’s happening in your Gmail inbox right now. Who knows, it may actually help you manage your time a bit better!
Gmail Meter is like Google Analytics for Gmail. You can submit your inbox to the tool and it’ll run a lengthy analysis … then spit out a robust report that details useful details about how you typically use your inbox. For me, it found that I try to manage waaay too many conversations about a myriad of topics. Maybe I should work on trimming that down a bit. Here’s a bit about the Gmail Meter courtesy of the fine folks at Google:
What Is Gmail Meter?
Gmail Meter is an Apps Script which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your Inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits.
- Volume Statistics show you the number of important and starred messages, the number of people who sent you emails, and more. Volume statistics can be very useful in determining how you are using email efficiency tools like Priority Inbox.
- Daily Traffic gives you an estimate of when you receive messages and when you send them during a given month. For example, in the graph below you can see how the peaks in my “Sent” curve indicates that I write emails in spurts.
- Traffic Pattern lets you get a sense of your overall email activity over the past week.
- Email Categories tells you how you are managing your Inbox. In the pie chart below, you can see that the majority of my emails are labeled. My Inbox is tiny compared to other labels which indicates that I keep a lean and mean Inbox.
- Time Before First Response shows you how long it takes you to reply, and how long it takes others to reply to you. By looking at this chart, I can infer that I reply faster than others I communicate with.
- Word Count tells you whether you are writing long emails. The example below shows that most of my emails are shorter than 200 words.
- Thread Lengths help you understand whether you participate in long conversations resulting in long threads.
- Top Senders and Top Recipients help you identify who you communicate with more frequently.