So I’ve been using Gmail Meter on my work account for a couple of months now because I’ve always been interested to know how and whether email at work is used efficiently.
I don’t have any conclusive data (because I’ve not been actively tracking things!), but I thought I’d share some interesting statistics which recur every month, without fail (the graphs and pie chart I’m using are from July 2012, BTW):
From the visual above, most email is sent in the morning and just before lunch.
People enter the office after lunch and try to send a bit of email but they’ve more or less cleared their quota for the day.
Work is still done in the evening, after dinner. Work-life balance, anyone?
LOOK AT THOSE PEAKS! The most emails are sent at the start of the week, on Mondays.
Thankfully not a lot of traffic on weekends, though you can see some traffic from me last weekend – I was clearing stuff in preparation for the surgery I underwent on Monday.
Last but not least, most email messages I get are not exactly… relevant to me. Either that or I don’t like storing a lot of mail in my inbox.
Twitter needs a timeline in the same way Facebook has one, just so we can re-discover all our ‘old-but-gold’ posts and marvel at how intelligent (or alternatively, how juvenile) we used to be.
Until we started working and turned into our parents.
This is different from Google Music in that it works like a normal Google search.
Instead of a textual input, however, you SING or hum a tune to your computer or Siri or what have you.
The Google Tune search then scours its ginormous database to find the name of the song you’ve just hummed, thereby saving you many sleepless nights of having an earworm run through your head endlessly.
This is especially helpful when you can’t Google the lyrics because you don’t, for the life of you, know what the lyrics are – but you know the tune to the chorus very, very, very well.
My Facebook-verse and Twitter-verse were abuzz with people asking for invites to Google+ today.
I didn’t ask for one because I know from my own usage patterns that I’m not an early adopter of technology; I wait and see what happens and whether a certain product is useful to me before I start using it.