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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gmail Meter offers analytics on how you use your email

After launching Google Account Activity last month, Google Gmail now releases Gmail Meter. Gmail Meter, a simple Gogole Docs script, uncovers statistical analytics on you uses your email.

So what does Gmail Meter offers?

  • 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.

How to Setup Gmail Meter

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Log into your Google Docs account and create a new spreadsheet. Name Gmail Meter.

  2. From the Tools menu, choose Script Gallery.

  3. Type Gmail Meter in the search box and click the Search button. You should see one search result.

  4. Click the Install button next to it and Authorize the script when prompted. You will also need to grant access to the script after that. You should now see a Gmail Meter menu option now. Note that installation may take a while.

  5. From the new Gmail Meter menu, choose Get Report.

  6. Choose the type of report to generate e.g. Monthly Report.

  7. The script will start generating the report and you will receive an email when it's ready.
Once submitted for report generation, you should see this screen.

» Know Your Gmail Stats using Gmail Meter | Official Gmail Blog

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