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Old 9 Aug 2017, 06:49 AM   #1
TenFour
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Pointless labels

I really don't understand the fixation with labels/folders in email. Why bother? It is far faster and easier to just leave everything in the Inbox and use Google search to find what you need. That is the genius of Gmail: enormous storage so you can just keep everything, or almost everything, and then find what you need quickly and efficiently. I have done this for years and never miss labels/folders. I believe some need to use labels/folders to satisfy some deep psychological need for order, but it is really just a waste of your time.

Nobody indexes the entire Web--they use Google. If it is good enough for the Web, it's good enough for my email.
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Old 9 Aug 2017, 05:48 PM   #2
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I really don't understand the fixation with labels/folders in email. Why bother?
By extension, why bother with folders/directories on your hard disc? Why bother giving meaningful names to your files if Google Desktop will always find everything you need in an instant?

Labels are a way of organising information in a desired way, and I don't see them as always being replaceable by searches. There is Google and there are bookmarks/favourites; long this may continue.
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