What your email sign-off really means

Like many people, I most often go for the safe option: the “cheers”. The trouble with “cheers” is, first of all, what does it actually mean? Am I literally cheering the person I’m writing to? Or is it a toast – am I drinking to their health and electronically clinking e-glasses with them? Of course, it’s neither. “Cheers” doesn’t actually mean anything, and it’s also mindbogglingly unoriginal: all that says to your correspondent is “I have neither the wit nor the inclination to come up with any meaningful way to end this”.

I usually just sign my name and maybe something about sending from my phone, for my personal accounts. I wonder what other people do…

Brevity

Gmail Meter - volume statistics

I’ve been using a tool called Gmail Meter that just came out last week. It analyzes your Gmail statistics and trends. As if Google didn’t know. It’s just sharing the information with you.

Gmail Meter is an Apps Script which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your Inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits. #

This morning, I received an email summary of my statistics for the month of April. The word count feature for my account was what caught my eye. Continue reading