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Clean Your Gmail Inbox by Playing a Game


If you’re like me, your inbox is not exactly tidy.  Gmail’s recently revealed Priority Inbox feature has helped, but getting through an email backlog can still be a chore.  To make cleaning your Gmail inbox be a bit less tedious, give 0boxer a try.

OBoxer is a service, complete with extensions for Chrome and Safari, that awards points and badges to you for processing messages in your Gmail inbox.  Once you install the extension, 0Boxer works automatically as you process messages.  You get points for every message written, archived, or deleted.  These points are displayed in a bar at the top of your browser window, as shown in the screenshot above.  You can also earn badges for certain achievements, such as reaching a zero inbox.  Your inbox will show a link to 0Boxer’s leaderboard, which displays the usernames of  the users who have the most points for the day, and the week.

You do need to use Gmail’s authorization feature when you set up 0Boxer, to give 0Boxer access to your account.  0Boxer only accesses stats about your activity (such as messages archived), rather than the actual content of messages.

Right now, 0Boxer only has extensions for Chrome and Safari, so you’re out of luck if you’re a Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer user.  0Boxer does work with Google Apps email accounts.

Is 0Boxer the type of app that would help you get through your inbox?  Or is it something gimmicky?

0Boxer [via Fast Company]


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6 Responses to Clean Your Gmail Inbox by Playing a Game

  1. What’s the purpose of the points?

    • Aside from positive reinforcement, the purpose of the points is to rank on the leaderboard. It is admittedly a bit silly, but there is something strangely compelling about seeing your point total rise as you process messages.

  2. I’d love to have this for my work email account :)

    I assume the leaders just spam themselves from a different account, and then clean up the mess to get the points?

    • If they are that lame, they wouldn’t even need to do that. I accidentally found another way to game the system – if you delete a message you get a point, but you get a point again if you restore the message from your trash and then delete it again.

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