Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Suggesting Gmail smart attachment feature

Having used GMail since quite some time now, I have come to rely on Gmail for my day to day communication. No wonder then that time to time I myself feel that a feature or two, if added can help boost my productivity, save time or money. Today an idea struck me, which i feel accomplishes all those three points.

There are times when we need to send people certain documents again and again for some time. best example being that of a resume. During the time you are applying for a new job, you might need to send the same resume document to multiple people for days at an end.

Problem: Attaching a document again and again on multiple email uses up valuable bandwidth and uses up time, specially on slower internet connections.

Solution: Once a document has been attached and sent in an email, the document is already there on the Gmail server. So, when the next time I compose a new message, I should be presented with a list of recently attached documents so that I can save the time and bandwidth of uploading it again.

I know that I can forward the old mail with the attachment, but this solution, if implemented will be sleeker.

What do you say?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

this will of course requisite the email provider to burn a large amount of space- say, what, 20mb/file multiplied by a minimum of 5. that is approximately a 100mb/user.now while this certainly not beyond some of the email providers capacity to provide, you must remember that this does cost them both server space and bandwidth, so the chances are they won't implement it to serve such a minuscule portion of their user base. i think a more feasible alternative is to just idk, create some sort of temporary backup of an attachment- for say 12 hours. and only for those attachments that the user specifically marks for retention.

oh and sorry about the shitty formatting, i am exhausted.

oh, and i stumbled on your blog through a whois of another site, so if you're going to reply, do in on kazawin23(at)gmail.com
cheers, bub.

Saurabh Kumar said...

So it turns out that Google actually implemented this! Check out https://support.google.com/mail/answer/2480713?hl=en , http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/attachments-in-gmail-now-with-power-of.html and http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2014/12/sharing-drive-files-as-attachments-in.html
Wow, that is about 4-5 years of forward thinking here ;)