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Feature Friday: Gmail Predictive Typing

I was typing emails on my new Pixelbook yesterday and as I started a new word, Gmail would finish the word and often suggest an entire phrase to come after the word. All I had to do is hit tab to accept the suggestion. I’ve had a version of that on the Gmail app on my phone for a while. It looks like this: But the type assistance functionality on my Pixelbook was much more useful. First it was in line and it suggested entire phrases, not just words. I’m of two minds on this feature: 1/ It is super useful and once I get used to it, I should be able to construct messages much more rapidly. 2/ I am not sure I want Google reverting my communication style (and yours too) to the mean. I suppose if Google was using just its understanding of my writing style and nobody else’s in its algorithms, then it is helping me be me. And I like that a lot more. But if it helping me be you, well I’m not as excited about that. USV TEAM POSTS: Bethany Crystal — October 7, 2018Fans and foes Bethany Crystal — October 6, 2018Color coding your clothes

Feature Friday: Gmail Reminders

I don’t know when Gmail started doing these for me but it was around the time I switched over to the new UI. Most likely this is one of the features of that new UI. When I have not responded to an email that Gmail thinks is important, or when someone has not responded to an email from me that Gmail thinks is important, it resurfaces that email near the top of my inbox. It looks like this: The first email is a reply I sent to an email and the recipient has not responded in seven days. Gmail is suggesting that I follow up. The second is a back and forth with my brother and I failed to reply to his latest. I just did. Thanks Gmail. While this is a relatively small feature in the overall Gmail offering, I have found it quite useful in the month or two that I have had it. Thanks Google.

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