Gmail Becomes Less Conversational, If You Want

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Some people love Gmail's conversation view, and some people hate it. Some just have gotten used to it. Now, however, if you don't like it, you can turn it off.

In Gmail's conversation view, an email thread is linked together in one "cluster" in your inbox. It means, in effect, sorting by Subject to see a thread is no longer necessary. Still, not all like it.

Toggling of Conversation View has been a requested feature for some time, and although many (like us) feel conversation view simplifies things, it can be a pain if the email client you are using doesn't support it. Obviously, going to Gmail in the browser is no issue, but some stand-alone clients on the desktop and mobile don't work well with it.


Starting Wednesday, users can go into their Settings and turn off Conversation View. However, cloud-based as it is, as is typical of these feature changes, it will take time to reach all users.

In a blog post, Wiltse Carpenter, Technical Lead at Google, compares the dislike of Conversation View to the dislike of cilantro.
And just as an outspoken minority has banded together in unison to declare their distaste of one of nature’s most delicious herbs, some of you have been very vocal about your dislike of conversation threading. So just like you can order your baja fish tacos without cilantro, you can now get Gmail served up sans conversation view.
Try it and tell us what you think. We'll stick with Conversation View, ourselves; we are among those who have "gotten used to it."
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I love Conversation View. I think the biggest feature that gmail is lacking is the ability to sort by sender and subject. I understand this can be done via search, but it's not as simple, intuitive, and you have to know your exact search term.

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They have just gotten very good at hiding their liberal agenda:P

I do a search for animated model sheets and down the search I get Man on Man Porn! I could understand if I was searching real porn to have an occasional Homoerotic image pop up. But not when I am scrolling through Daffy and Nemo!

Just like how NBC is Now "More Colorful"? and have you seen the agenda in you average commercials! Being Outsourced is now a joke?! I guess it is good for Bollywood.

I think Google is just getting better at hidding their footprints! I do like Cilantro, I just dont like when search bots are operating in the background poping up all the ads of things that you type!

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realneil replied on Thu, Sep 30 2010 9:25 PM

I like my GMAIL account. They keep on improving it on a regular basis and I like the amount of free storage you get with it. It's also much more secure from crap mail than say,....Yahoo?

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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