to analyze your email habits? The search engine giant highlighted on its Official Blog
on Thursday a program called Google Meter that allows Gmail users to learn more about their inbox, from whether they’re more likely to write long emails to information on how long it takes you to typically reply.
Called Gmail Meter, the program analyzes email patterns to give a better sense of overall inbox activity. Gmail Meter was developed by Romain Vialard, a Google Apps Script Top Contributor, so it wasn’t created by Google but the site supports it.
Gmail Meter runs on the first day of every month and sends users an email containing different statistics about your Inbox.
For example, Gmail Meter provides stats about the number of important and starred messages in your inbox, as well as how often you email with others. Additional features include a tool that reveals stats on how you manage your inbox and how you how long it takes for you to reply (and how long it takes for them to respond).
It also tracks whether you are prone to writing short or long emails, and averages what your usual word count might be.
For those interested in installing the feature, there’s a few steps you need to take. Go to Google Docs and create a new spreadsheet (and save it). Click on Tools, followed by Script Gallery, then search for “Gmail Meter” and click Install. Although the creator’s email address may appear near the install button, Google confirmed to Mashable
that the download is completely safe and no information will be shared.
An authorization prompt will ask for you to grant the tool access.
A new menu item called Gmail Meter will appear on the spreadsheet. Select Gmail Meter and then Get a Report. You will get an email once the report is ready.
If you’re having problems with the install button — in some cases, it’s been taking awhile to download — Google said that the influx of people trying to access the feature has slowed the process. It’s working to correct the issue soon.
Last month, Google announced a feature called “Account Activity”
that gives you a monthly summary as to how you use the site.UPDATE: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect that Gmail Meter was not created by Google, but supports the tool which was created by a Google Apps Script Top Contributor. We regret the error.