Whenever we get announcements of enhancements and additional features on anything, we take it as a good news. But that is, sadly not the case when Google came up with Gmail Notes. It’s a hopeless, much-hyped but unsubstantiated feature.
Like most people, I was one of the initially ecstatic one with the Gmail Notes news. There’s just too much mix of stuff I need to attend to in my email account. There are online orders and their confirmation codes, password resets and notices, subscribers’ queries and more from the affiliates. Not to mention the personal emails I get from people I know – or who I must work on remembering where I know them from. Really, there’s so much to do.
This Google Chrome extension claims to allow users like me to add notes to email threads in Gmail. This is the good news. The other side of it is that it’s filled with bugs and suffers from irregularities. In the end, it compromises the account holder’s most valuable emails.
The moment I got the chance, I downloaded the extension that put a visible pencil icon in my browser’s address bar. I saw it there real quick and couldn’t wait to use it. So there I was, clicked an email and then clicked the heaven-sent (or so I thought!) pencil icon. So I was done, saved the note and then went on to other stuff.
Fast-forward to later that same day; I opened my account to finally work on that marketing link. Boom! Nothing was there. At first I thought I must have made a mistake, so I tried it again, and again. To be sure, I tested the extension on both the Google Chrome and the stable version, and it was still the same. Each time I searched for the saved notes, it simply said “not found”. I search through the Google Doc folder named Google Notes because I must have overlooked the fact at first that the extension saves all the Gmail Notes there. But there was none. At one point, even the pencil icon disappeared from the address bar!
That was it. Efforts wasted, important stuff gone and my hopeful romance with Google Notes done – for good. So you can understand why I was clapping my hands when the good news for improved email management came from Gmail. Well, Gmail Notes, as it turned out, is bad news for me.