Gmail Rolls Out New ‘Quick Actions’

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Sifting through you email for something like a work document or flight check-in can take a while and is ofter cumbersome. Quick Action buttons are designed to help you tackle your digital to-do’s as quickly as possible. These buttons appear next to certain types of messages in your inbox and let you take action on an email without ever having to open it. For example, you can RSVP to your friend’s party invitation or rate that restaurant you went to the other night all right from the inbox. Quick Actions will be helping you check things off that to-do list in no time. According to a post from their blog, Gmail’s quick action buttons help you stay on top of your busy schedule by surfacing important information as “buttons” that appear in your inbox, and now, you’ll see even more buttons to get you through this action-packed season.

“For example, you can rate and review restaurants you ordered from on Seamless and even modify OpenTable reservations—all without opening an email” says Google, “And for the deal lovers out there, you can conveniently save a promotion from Google Offers with one click, making it easy to find and buy it when you’re ready.” You can view finished YouTube or Vimeo uploads with a single click with the new “View video” button. Similarly, you can also quickly open a Dropbox folder or Google Doc that has been shared with you.

For those worried about privacy, you need not fret. Mashable.com is reporting that “Google emphasizes that Quick Actions don’t inherently share any personal information and that connections only work with services you’ve already linked to Gmail.”

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!