Category Archives: Gmail

YouTube Emails Going To The Gmail Spam Folder?

Is This Top 10 YouTube User’s YouTube Subscriber Alerts Going To Gmail Spam Because He Used Bitly In His Video Description?

You Tell Me…

So I ran into yet another of my favorite YouTube guys, Ray William Johnson, in my Gmail spam folder. And not some email from Ray, but his YouTube subscriber alert email I opted into on YouTube. An email list sent via the Google.com domain.

Screenshot of Ray Williams Johnson YouTube subscriber email in Gmail spam...

Click image for full size…

Here’s original video, it’s a hoot! Give it a play :]

WARNING: May not be safe for work (NSFW)

You can see the YouTube video live here… (including the bitly link)

So, Before I Pronounced This As A Bitly Filtering Error?

First I looked thru my first few pages of Gmail and found YouTube emails from other top channels like Mashable, Machinima and Philip DeFranco

In my social tab!

Screenshot of YouTube channel emails not in my Gmail spam folder

Next I searched my Gmail Spam Folder for “YouTube”…

I found 13 YouTube videos from Johnson’s channel in the Gmail spam folder in the last 30 days…

Screenshot of all of Ray Williams Johnson's YouTube subscriber emails in spam...

Oh, and yeah, before I forget, one of Google’s Own YouTube channel emails there as well!

So, Can I Say “Fore Shore” That The Bitly Link Is Sending This YouTube Channel To Spam?

No! Of Course Not… But-

No email deliverability consultant can ever say ANYTHING happens unequivocally for ANY reason. But we can make a pretty educated guess, can’t we?

The evidence is mounting here guys and I have certainly seen this before as social alerts to my Gmail Inbox carry over link shorteners with them, that are in major spam filter block lists.

Does that mean Facebook alerts, Google+ Alerts and Twitter Alerts with again, link shorteners in emails that are not trusted by Gmail and many other enterprise level blacklists and blocklists, are going to the Gmail spam folder?

I don’t fully know but take a look around you own Inbox and tell me what you think in the comments below…

I can certainly say that the Bit .ly link shortener is currently listed in one of the most serious URL blocklists I know of: the Spamhaus DBL and the Bitly .com domain is listed as malicious on another blocklist.

Gmail Promotions Tab Grid View How To

Pinterest for the Gmail Promotions Tab; That is what most are calling the new image grid view

UPDATE: Unfortunately this trial was cancelled by Gmail. The Gmail Promotions tab imagery will not become available

Using these options currently available to email marketing lists, here is what an email from ESPN might look like:

Screenshot of ESPN email in the Gmail Promotions Tab gridview

Here’s the skinny on how to create images, brand logos and text within this new Gmail feature:

The new layout offers 4 sections: Featured image, the Sender Image that is pulled from the G+ page, the email Subject line and the From name.

Gmail promotions tab gridview layout suggestions

Featured image: The featured image must be at least 580px x 400px

Sender image: This is the image profile from the Google+ verified page that you want to display on your Gridview tab.

Subject: 75 characters or less to avoid truncation

Sender name: 20 characters or less to avoid truncation

Larger images will be resized to be as small as possible while ensuring both its dimensions are greater than or equal to the corresponding dimensions of the available area.

Both the sender name and subject line would of course come from your own email fields.

So far the Gmail specification for Gridview only mentions JPG files. Don’t ask me if you can use a GIF file with animation yet, we don’t know. I actually hope not!

Currently enabling this feature in your own Gmail Promotions Tab is only available via the Gmail Promotion Tab field trial here…

The full specification with both JSON and Semantic markup for Gridview is available here…

The easiest method for most marketers to add this code to their emails is going to be with semantic markup and that can be found on the developers page link above by clicking the “Microdata” tab.

Google developers Gmail Gridview semantic markup

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Screenshot of email whitelist instructions app

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Gmail Inbox Emails Appearing In Google Search

After playing with this, I am convinced this is an “OK Google” phone / Google Glass command.

You can replicate this from your phone by saying “OK Google” then “My Inbox” (on Android 4.3 or above) or search it from Google.com with the search text my inbox or voice search by saying my inbox to replicate this for your self.


Image Google search for the term my inbox...

My own result, logged into Google for the search “My Inbox”… (click for full size)

IMPORTANT: When you click these results, you get a new Gmail interface, displaying the result outside of Gmail and it loads REAL fast. Give it a try for yourself.

No amount of playing with this could produce what I wanted, returning a searchable result from my inbox, by adding keywords to the Google term, my inbox. Being able to search your email / Gmail from Google search via a voice command would be quite valuable in the WEARable market in my opinion.

My question is will we see this begin to develop more over time?




Gmail 5.0 Wants All Your Email

On a post from the Android Police blog, Google says they won’t be releasing Gmail 5.0 for Android until the official Lollipop Android OS release and update. (post is below the video)



While we won’t be distributing the updated Gmail app until the official update is released, we will be sharing a goody from the new onboarding process, which shows some of the new awesomeness coming to the app in its overhaul.

IMPORTANT: Notice this app is using the Gmail tabbed, Social, Inbox and Promotions tabs. Will this be the default with Gmail 5.0 for Lollipop Androids? Watch the video again now, closely…

Also notice in the App store, Gmail currently has 1.5 million reviews and somewhere between 1 billion and 5 billion installs.