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Analyzing Your GMail History

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the gmail-needs-a-'generate-report'-button dept.

Communications 29

thbar writes "I had some fun analyzing my whole GMail account data with Mac OS X, Ruby and software called Tableau. I'd be curious to know if others did the same thing, and how they achieved it."

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Analyze my GMails? (5, Funny)

Jupix (916634) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092201)

I thought common consensus was that Google are already busy analyzing the hell out of them...

Great Idea.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25092289)

I've just finished my analysis.

When Katie was talking about your 'secret admirer,' she didn't mean herself- she was talking about Doug.
Judging by the porn spam you've been getting, you two should be very happy together.

If ya need more analysis, please just let me know.

Maybe soon.. (3, Interesting)

aerthling (796790) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092297)

Come to think of it, I'm surprised Google haven't already added graphs and stats and crap to GMail the way they have with Search History.

Maybe it's just a matter of time before something like this appears in the Labs.

Re:Maybe soon.. (5, Informative)

brajesh (847246) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092857)

Mail trends [] , written by Mihai Parparita (a Google engineer) does something similar and has been there for quite sometime.

Re:Maybe soon.. (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 6 years ago | (#25093195)

Thanks for sharing! I didn't know about Mail trends. Seems like a very interesting piece of software.

Wow! (2, Funny)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092339)

That's two orders of magnitude more email than I have received in my entire life!

Re:Wow! (5, Funny)

Al Oser (950774) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092367)

You need to make more friends.

My internet friends e-mail me all the time, telling me how I can "turn my banana in to a steel pole"! They're always looking out for me...

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25092865)

And you need less virtual friends

Re:Wow! (4, Funny)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 6 years ago | (#25093063)

That's two orders of magnitude more email than I have received in my entire life!

So we've established you're not subscribed to the LKML...

Re:Wow! (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 6 years ago | (#25094155)

> So we've established you're not subscribed to the LKML...

Of course not. After all, I believe that mailing lists are a hideous misuse of email. A usenet group or a web forum is a much more appropriate way of having discussions about something. It is much easier to read posts that way instead of wading through a sea of email on subjects in which you have no interest.

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25110319)

So wading through a sea of newsposts not specifically addressed to you and outweighed by a factor of 5 or more by spam is easier?

Re:Wow! (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 6 years ago | (#25093191)

Size doesn't matter :)

Re:Wow! (1)

RichiH (749257) | more than 6 years ago | (#25101397)

You are currently using 3359 MB (46%) of your 7160 MB.

This account has existed for about 1 1/2 years, now. Mailing lists can be evil ;)

Re:Wow! (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25106339)

Mailing lists really are evil...

One month ago I decided to unsubscribe from the various lists I was subscribed to, as I received their messages...

It's a *lot* more peaceful in there now!

Re:Wow! (1)

RichiH (749257) | more than 5 years ago | (#25106425)

Which is why I use a dedicated mailing list account with filters & automagic tagging, these days. It's the only way to have the benefits of being on a lot of lists while maintaining your sanity (and ability to follow what you are involved/interested in).

Re:Wow! (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25106551)

Neat idea - like it.

Re:Wow! (1)

RichiH (749257) | about 6 years ago | (#25117269)

In this case you want to filter on 'list: foo' in the contains words list (look into the raw mail and search for List-Id: or the like), apply a tag and _archive_ immediately. Set up another filter that picks up every mail that looks as if it came from you. This way, you have a tag/folder that contains all threads you ever participated on. Then, you want an 'important' tag which you simply apply to everything you don't take part in but still want to follow. Optionally, you want a tag for mails sent to/by you bypassing any lists.

Put A or something in front of the most important tags so they appear on the top of the list, choose good & consistent colors for the tags you care about.

Have fun, you will suddenly be able to use mailing lists, once again.


PS: That works with GMail. If you use something else, ymmv.

Re:Wow! (1)

RichiH (749257) | about 6 years ago | (#25117287)

PPS: You will now only need to go through your inbox from time to time to keep it clean of crud. Ideally, your inbox would be completely empty

PPPS: Except for the various lists like debian-security-announce@ldo. You want to see those immediately and in a obvious place. But only keep the very low traffic lists in your inbox.

PPPPS: The beauty of this is you notice you filtering not seeing all mails from X in a short time and be sufficiently annoyed at losing your tidy inbox that you do something about it.

The danger in doing this (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25092407)

I ensured that all the emails were downloaded by using the Mailbox / Synchronize menu item (and that took quite a long time â" a couple of hours to the least).

I'd love to do a similar analysis on my Gmail mail box. But I've already watched a Netflix movie and downloaded a couple iTunes - downloading my Gmail might exceed some Comcast quota.

Good thing they're not evil (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092419)

Google will maintain complete confidentiality within the marketing department [] of whatever the browser accessed concerning your confidential business data, bank account details, medical information and personal preferences in pornography. "We're Google. We know where you live. In a completely not evil way. Sponsored link: Get Chrome Browsers on Or we'll make you use Windows Live. Ha! Ha! I'm sorry, that's my 'spreading good cheer' laugh. Really."

Numbers... (3, Interesting)

KGIII (973947) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092935)

In an odd twist of events open source applications never get nearly the response that a good Microsoft or *insert political party of choice* no longer get responses on /. at all really. So, in answer to your question... "No. No one else did and no one is going to. If you could have found a way to tie this into politics or Microsoft you'd have a billion responses."

Re:Numbers... (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 6 years ago | (#25092961)

And my next major language classes will be in English. Sadly, yes, I used preview prior to posting.

Re:Numbers... (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 6 years ago | (#25093177)

Hehe - I think I'll have to make a new version, with trends related to Microsoft vs Apple or Youtube vs DailyMotion.

Re:Numbers... (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 6 years ago | (#25093681)

I'm serious... Sort of...

I'm actually a Linux convert to Microsoft. (really you read that right)

I blame work. I still use and support open software but, well, I gotta admit that most Microsoft products actually just work after SP1. Hell, even WITH my mentality I'm an MVP awardee many times in a row and for a lot of years. (I figured I'd disclose that so you'd be aware of any potential biases but I really don't think I have any.)

Unless Google, Apple, or Microsoft is included in the article they get no responses. Which, really, is sad. If we were really about what we claim to be about those articles would get no responses and the ones, such as this, would be at 600 (or over 9000) responses. I think that is a sad state and also a state of where the mentality really is.

Re:Numbers... (1)

thbar (1368329) | more than 6 years ago | (#25094893)

Maybe Slashdot is not too much a programmers' site nowadays ? I know there is quite a lof of quality stuff on dzone or rubyinside for instance.

What!? (1)

gooman (709147) | more than 6 years ago | (#25095375)

Linux convert to Microsoft?

You must be reading Slashdot backwards.

Re:What!? (1)

Bat Country (829565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25110361)

I hear if you do that, Richard Stallman appears and steals your soul.

Such is the current state of /. these days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25102185)

You nailed it. I still lurk this site for the tech articles such as this one, but give it time, and someone will find a way to turn even this thread into something political.

I wish there existed a mod "-1, Unnecessarily Political" for all sections of /. except of course. The politics of this site alone are one of the main reasons I will never sign up for an account here.

I came here to read (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25093019)

7 of 9 comments and I find that Star Trek's top Borg has not written anything on the matter.

I am shocked at your lack of ethics!

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