Google never stops amazing us with new interesting information tools and the latest addition is a script called Gmail Meter. This script will provide rich statistics about how you’ve used your Gmail account over the past few week or months by scanning your email inbox.
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Gmail Meter retrieves key information about your emailing habits and presents them in a form that’s easy to analyze and reflect.
What Gmail Meter can tell you ?
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.
- 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.
- Time Before First Response shows you how long it takes you to reply, and how long it takes others to reply to you. This will how you reply faster than others you communicate with.
- Word Count tells you whether you are writing long emails.
- 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.
How to Setup Gmail Meter and Generate Report
It’s pretty easy to set up. Just watch the video above or follow these instructions:
- Go into your Google Docs account and make a new spreadsheet. Call it “Gmail Meter.”
- Go to the Tools menu and choose Script Gallery.
- Type “Gmail Meter” in the search box and click the Search button.
- You should only have on result: “Gmail Meter” (surprise!). Click the Install button next to it and authorize the script when prompted. Once you authorize, you’ll also need to grant access to the script, so go ahead and do that.
- You’ll now see a “Gmail Meter” menu option. Click it, and choose “Get Report.”
- When prompted for what type of report, you should probably choose “Monthly report” to start rather than a custom one, but it’s up to you.
- The script will start generating the report. It may take awhile, but you’ll receive an email when it’s ready. Just set it aside and come back when you’re notified.