Graph and explore your Gmail inbox

Posted to Apps, Self-surveillance  |  Nathan Yau

Your email says a lot about who you are, who you interact with, and what you’re up to at any given time. Maybe it’s receipts from that online travel site or notifications from Facebook. There are lots of tidbits you can extract from your inbox. But how? PhD candidate Bill Zeller provides you with Graph Your Inbox.

Graph Your Inbox is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to graph Gmail activity over time. You can use it to visualize your communication with friends, your Facebook activity, when you purchased items on Amazon or how often you use certain words or phrases. We provide the same search functionality used by Gmail, but instead of a list of messages we show you a graph of your email trends over time.

All you have to do is install the Google Chrome extension, and you’ll see a button in your Gmail to see your search results in graph view. Of course, when it comes to your email, privacy is a factor, but Bill assures that all the processing is done locally on your computer, and no data are sent to any server.

Find anything interesting? Let us know in the comments. [Graph Your Inbox | Thanks, Bill]

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