Gmail Now Displays "Did you mean" Suggestions for Search

If you are a Google Search user, you might be very well aware of a feature called "Did you mean", using which Google shows you suggestions for the search you typed in if you have made a spelling mistake while typing the keywords.

Gmail Did you mean in Search

has had a "Did you mean" feature for Names and email you type, however, it looks they are now expanding this feature to searches in Gmail too. For example, I typed "sugar sync" today while searching for something in my Inbox. As you can see from the screenshot above, Google also display a "Did you mean" suggestion for it.

This feature is definitely interesting and I tried it out with multiple keywords to find the "Did you mean" suggestions displayed to me. It was helpful because it allowed me to quickly suggest proper keywords to me while I was searching my emails.

Are you seeing similar "Did you mean" suggestions while searching your inbox? Do let me know through your comments.

Google Steps Up Its Game Against Facebook: Calls It A “Trap”

Google might rule the roost today, but five years on the scenario might be very different. Facebook is amassing a treasure trove of data on users around the globe that might give it the competitive advantage it needs to take on Google, and Google is obviously aware of this.


Earlier this week, Google updated its ToS (Terms of Service) to stop Facebook from importing contact data from Google (Gmail). Within a couple of days, Facebook found a way around this by encouraging users to manually download and then upload their contact information. This trick ensured that users could still import information from Gmail, without Facebook needing to directly access Google’s Contacts Data API or Portable Contacts API.

As you might have guessed, Google isn’t too happy about this. After terming Facebook’s trickery as “disappointing”, Google is now resorting to a more direct approach to discourage users from importing data into Facebook.

Google is automatically displaying the following warning to all users who land on the contacts export page via Facebook:


Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out?

Here’s the not-so-fine print. You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn’t allow you to re-export your data to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends. So once you import your data there, you won’t be able to get it out. We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data.

Google’s motto has always been “Do No Evil”. Of late, critics have questioned Google’s dedication to that motto. However, Google obviously knows the value of being counted amongst the good guys. Even though it doesn’t want to provide Facebook free access to its social graph, it isn’t explicitly blocking its users from exporting their own data.

It will be interesting to see if this actually works. Casual users are notorious for not paying attention to messages like this. However, Google has definitely succeeded in highlighting the closed nature of Facebook, which has been criticized heavily in the past by privacy and data portability advocates. Well played Google.

Gmail Enhances iPhone Experience

I have a and use the Safari browser to read emails from my account at times. The experience has been far from what I would like so far, but that changed with new rollouts from the Gmail Mobile team for .

Gmail iPhone Fixed Toolbar

One of the most annoying things in Gmail for iPhone was the scrolling toolbar, which has now been replaced by a fixed toolbar at the top of the page. Another interesting change is the scrolling speed which is now faster than earlier and makes it easier to navigate through large emails.

Though these changes have been subtle, I definitely like the new experience and would prefer it over the earlier version any day. Have you visited Gmail on your iPhone or iPod Touch recently? Is the experience better than earlier. Do let me know through your comments.

Find Large Emails In Gmail

is one of the best email providers, however, unlike Yahoo and Hotmail, Gmail does not provide users with unlimited disk quota. Though 7.5GB of email space will take quite a lot of time to fill up, you might definitely fill it up at some point of time.

I have had a problem with two of my backup accounts where database updates are sent thrice a day filling up in a few months. So do you go an buy more Gmail space then? Well, you might want to do that, but what if you could just delete some emails which are taking up space in your account and live with it for another few days.


But finding and deleting large images can be quite a pain. In comes Find Big Mail, a service which will help you find large messages in your Gmail Inbox and label them accordingly. You can then quickly browse through all those emails and delete them  if required to free up space.

How Does Find Big Mail Work?

Find Big Mail requires you to provide access to your Gmail account in order to work. Once you have provided access to it, it will scan your email account and label emails based on attachment sizes. The good part about the service is that you do not require to provide it with your username and password and it works on all the browsers.

Big Gmail Email Labels

Once the service has finished scanning your emails, you will start seeing new labels in your Inbox based on sizes, you will also receive an email with charts which graphically tell you about the amount of space your emails are taking up.

Big Gmail Messages Chart

The service is not instantaneous though and you will have to wait a while before it queues up your request and finishes analyzing your email. Again the analysis will depend on the number of emails you have and how large your account is.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Highly Recommended Service

Find Big Mail is a handy service if you want to quickly delete large emails from your Inbox but don’t have time to scan through them to find them. In addition to that, this service is definitely safe since it never has access to your password.

Quick the service a quick whirl and you won’t be disappointed. Another good thing about the service is that it will also work with your Google Apps account too.

Since this service is only for a one time use, you might want to disable it from accessing your data after it has finished the scan by visiting your Google Profile.

Ratings: 4/5 Excellent

Google Gets @Gmail Account On Twitter, Did They Buy It?

Last July, Google went more social with their offerings by opening up accounts on . I had reported on the news and also noted that Google did not own the account on Twitter.

First Gmail Tweet on Twitter

However, today I did see that the @Gmail account on Twitter is now owned by Google and is already verified. All the old tweets from the account were deleted and a new tweet was posted 3 hours ago.

Now the interesting question out here is whether Google bought the account from the squatter or whether Twitter themselves sold it to them after reclaiming it from the squatter. Last year CNN had purchased their account from a squatter too.

In other Twitter related news, Ev Williams has now stepped down as CEO and will be replaced by Dick Costolo. You can read about the news at the official Twitter blog post #newtwitterceo.

Turn Off Gmail Conversation View

One of the things I have always liked in is the conversation view, which allows you to browse through an entire email thread without having to open multiple emails.

Turn Off Conversation View in Gmail

However, for some people the conversation view in Gmail acts like a hindrance. Gmail did not have the ability to turn if off, but starting today, users will be able to turn off Conversation views in Gmail.

To turn off conversation view in Gmail, head over to the settings page and look for a setting for "Conversation View". More at the Gmail Blog.

Gmail For Android Gets Priority Inbox

Google had added a new feature called Priority Inbox for which would help you sort out important emails based on machine intelligence and user input. It looks like their in-house OS is the first device to get the feature.

Android Gmail Email Sticky Actions

The new Gmail App for Android has a sticky action area, which contains important actions and will stay on top of the message even when you have to scroll through a large message, giving you an option to quickly reply or star emails. In addition to that, the new app also makes it easier to view previous messages in a conversation.

Gmail for Android also has limited integration with Priority Inbox. If you have enabled Priority Inbox through the desktop version of Gmail, you will see a new label called "Important" which will display all Priority messages to you. You can also set up a shortcut on your home screen for the "Important" label.

Another important new thing about the new Gmail App for Android is that it is no longer tied to the Android OS and will receive standalone updates, so users no longer have to wait for an Android update to see an update to the Gmail App.

The latest Gmail App for Android will only work on devices. If you don’t have an update yet, you will have to wait till you get it. The app can be downloaded from the Android Market.

More info and details at the official Google Mobile Blog.

Google Docs, Maps and Photos Attachments for Gmail Soon

has grown leaps and bounds since it was launched and there are several features like Priority Inbox which make using Gmail’s web interface much more fun. However, I am not sure when Gmail will stop it’s innovations in the webmail platform.

Google Docs, Maps, Calendar, Photos Attachment for Gmail

In a recent post on Google OS, Alex Chitu posted a screenshot which has , Google Maps, Google Photo/Picasa integration along with an option to attach an invitation from , which already exists.

This new attachment integration will definitely make things more easier for users who prefer to use Google services rather than desktop solutions or even convert more users to use Google Docs and other services for ease of use, as a user will always store content on the cloud and can access it from practically any computer.

The introduction of this feature would also make Gmail one of the first webmail interface to work almost similar to Microsoft Outlook.

Google is also trying to add more tighter integration between all it’s products. For example, earlier last month, Google had introduced a feature that would allow users to search their Google documents in Gmail. Features like these make Gmail a one-stop place for common things that are part of our day to day life.

There is no official announcement as to when users will be able to start sending Google Docs, Map and Photos as attachments yet, however, you can expect these to be rolled out in the next few weeks.

How To Disable/Turn Off Gmail Priority Inbox

Google recently rolled out a new and interesting feature called "Priority Inbox" to all users. The new feature sorts important messages giving you different views so that you can scan all your important messages.

Priority Inbox does not take over your old Inbox and you can easily view the full Inbox by clicking on the Inbox link in the sidebar, however, if you want to disable the Priority Inbox feature in , you can also do it through the settings.

To disable or turn off in Gmail, visit your settings page (click link to directly go there) and click on the "Priority Inbox" link at the top. Scroll down to the bottom of the page till you see "Show Priority Inbox" and select the radio button next to "Do not show Priority Inbox" and click on the "Save Changes" button.

Disable Gmail Priority Inbox

That’s it, you will no longer be shown the Priority Inbox in Gmail. If you want to enable Priority Inbox, go back to the settings page and click on the radio button next to "Show Priority Inbox".

After Blackberry, now GMail and Skype will face problems in India

After  Blackberry went into probation for two months, now the Indian government has turned its attention to Google and Skype. Indian security agencies are taking the secure channels of telecom firms and services too seriously and their incompetence to handle insurgency is having a direct impact on the security of general Internet users.

Skype has an excellent VOIP security and Google’s Gmail service has a strong encryption. Both of these cannot be intercepted successfully and thus, they are the next targets of the Indian government scrutiny. Apart from this, VPNs used by company networks will also face the heat in this matter.

A senior government official told the PTI,

The notices to these entities will be issued beginning Tuesday and all of them will be asked to comply with the directive or else they will have to close down their networks.

While Blackberry agreed to setup a server in India to continue providing not all ongoing services, Google and Skype have yet responded officially. Given the population of users in India, both Gmail and Skype will not want to upset a huge customer’s base.