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.
The New Gmail Meter
As promised and without further ado, here’s a preview of the web interface we’re building:
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!