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22 May 16 Sneak Peek at our New Gmail Meter

The immediate feedback in the two weeks since we released our new email report is, “Where are the rest of the statistics? What happened to the detailed report, the one with graphs and charts?”

Please rest assured that while we’re not quite ready yet, the new web interface with detailed metrics will be coming very shortly.

Instead of just taking our word for it, we thought everyone might enjoy a preview of what we’ve been working on (in addition to the email report!) This comes with the disclaimer that since we’re still working on it, there is a significant chance that the actual report may look a bit different once we have something ready for release. And that’s why we’ve opted to use the word beta to refer to this initial version of our new Gmail Meter.

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The New Gmail Meter

As promised and without further ado, here’s a preview of the web interface we’re building:

A preview of the Gmail Meter web interface

While many of these charts should appear familiar, we have made quite a few subtle and some not-so-subtle changes to them. The first set of graphs displays the total number of emails received and sent, first by hour and second by the day of the week. Both reflect an accumulation of messages over the course of the month.

Based on user feedback, we found that messages based on hour and weekday were much more valued and therefore decided to prioritize these two charts over a breakdown of email traffic by days of the month.

Internal and External Messages Treemap

New Internal vs. External Messages Chart

One new feature is this breakdown of internal and external messages. This metric is a Google Apps-exclusive as internal and external messages are calculated based on the primary domain name on the Google Apps account. We reformatted the presentation of this data, opting to go with a treemap instead of the pie charts as in the legacy Gmail Meter.

Top Senders and Recipients Replaced by Top Interactions

Top Interactions replaces Top Senders and Recipients

Quite a few of our users have specifically inquired about the Top Senders and Top Recipients charts, and we’re happy to announce that the data makes a return in our new web interface. The major change we made here was to combine the two charts into a single one to minimize the amount of duplicate data.

We’ve also received a lot of feedback about mailing lists and irrelevant email addresses appearing in Top Senders. While this initial release will not have a way to exclude these addresses, we are both researching ways to do so programmatically and designing ways for our end users to manually exclude them.

Details on Received and Sent Messages

Since this is one of the areas of the web interface that we’re still working on, I won’t be able to show you any screenshots at the moment. Still, we plan to provide many more details on the trends in your received and sent messages.

For Received Messages, this includes metrics on:

  • Messages that were addressed directly to you
  • Messages where you were CC’d or BCC’d
  • And your response rate for each

For Sent Messages, this includes metrics on:

  • Email communication you have started
  • Emails you have responded to
  • And your recipient’s response rate for each

Get Early Access

Sign up to our waitlist above or email us at [email protected], and we’ll send you an invitation to test the new Gmail Meter web interface whenever we have it ready. We’re closing in on the final stretch before we start our beta testing period, so stay tuned to our Twitter and this blog for more updates!

9 Comments
  • Viktor
    Posted at 04:13h, 03 November Reply

    I want the chart which contains number of unread messages over time.

    • Eric Guo
      Posted at 15:10h, 14 November Reply

      Hi Viktor,

      Thanks so much for your feedback, really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We’re currently not planning on implementing read vs unread email status. The way that Gmail Meter works is that it processes a snapshot of your email inbox at the time of report generation. This means that any information on read or unread would be very inaccurate and potentially insignificant.

      Thanks again,

  • Tracy Leduc
    Posted at 10:34h, 07 November Reply

    Hello:

    I signed up today and received my first report; however, there was no information at all in the Top Interactions section.
    Can I have it resent with that information?

    • Eric Guo
      Posted at 15:12h, 14 November Reply

      Hi Tracy,

      Apologies again for the error, I believe I’ve send you an email and I will keep you updated on the situation directly.

      Thanks again,

  • Rubén
    Posted at 11:36h, 07 December Reply

    Hello,

    It is strange for me that this new version does not include statistics by label either… What is the reason behind this decision? Is it a matter of complexity?

    Thanks and regards,
    Rubén

    • Eric Guo
      Posted at 11:00h, 13 December Reply

      Hi Rubén! You are correct that the Gmail API does support pulling data based on labels and also unfortunately, the way that this data is processed does need some substantial changes to the tool. While we don’t have any specific plans for implementing this feature, we may change our priorities at some point to investigate this feature in more depth.

      Thanks again!

  • Brian Henesey
    Posted at 13:18h, 11 January Reply

    hi There,

    Is there a way to customize the time frame? Would like to see all of 2016 not just December.

    Thank you!
    Brian

  • Brian Chung
    Posted at 13:30h, 11 January Reply

    Are there any plans to implement an annual review or date-limited (ie multi month) analysis feature?

  • Francis
    Posted at 03:00h, 02 March Reply

    Does gmail meter capture BCC emails sent out?

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