A Flexible ID Field Helps Forgetful Users Log In

A flexible identification field would allow users to enter either their email address or username to log in. This not only helps users who forget their username, but also users who forget which email address they used to sign up for your site. A user might forget the email address they used, but remember the username. The flexible ID field adapts to the user and what they remember. Users have the freedom to choose to log in with their username or email. If one fails, they can always try the other option.

Adding a flexible ID field on your login form has many benefits. A username and email address are both unique to a user. It makes sense to allow them to choose what they want to use to log in if they forget one or the other. Limiting the user to only one login ID runs the risk of users forgetting it and getting locked out of their account. Getting locked out isn’t fun for anyone. But with a flexible ID field, you can prevent this from happening to your users. Giving users the help they need when they make errors is important part of interface design. But preventing users from making those errors in the first place is a more important part of interface design that designers should strive for.

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by anthony

Everyone forgets things from time to time. But forgetting a username on a website can keep users locked out of their account. It’s like forgetting your keys and getting locked out of your house. Getting locked out is a frustrating experience in life and online as well.

Luckily, there’s a way you can help users who forget their usernames log in to their account. Most users remember their email address more than the usernames they use across different websites. This is because most users check their email regularly and are more familiar with their email address. However, some sites don’t allow users to log in with their email, but rather username only. This can force forgetful users to create a new account all over again. Users are not only frustrated that they forgot their username, but now they have to do extra work. In addition to the frustration, forcing forgetful users to create a new account can populate your database with ghost accounts. This isn’t good for you or the user.

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Friday Bite Size Digital: More of Your e-DMs Could Be Spam Bound

Due to email overload, Gmail last week released an email filtering & sorting system called Priority Inbox. It attempts to find out which emails are more important & more spam like. It does this by using “predictive signals” & user engagement factors.
Hotmail also announced it will use new engagement metrics that filter based on how actively a user interacts with messages from specific senders.


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by Haysam Fahmy

Due to email overload, Gmail last week released an email filtering & sorting system called Priority Inbox. It attempts to find out which emails are more important & more spam like. It does this by using “predictive signals” & user engagement factors.

Hotmail also announced it will use new engagement metrics that filter based on how actively a user interacts with messages from specific senders.

Such email filter metrics could factor in:
· Messages read, then deleted
· Messages deleted without being read
· Messages replied to
· Email open frequency
· Decisions made in global spam filters
All which affect the open rates & click through rates (CTR) of your e-DMs. Leer más “Friday Bite Size Digital: More of Your e-DMs Could Be Spam Bound”

Get Extra Email Addresses for your Gmail Account [Google Apps]

There are quite a few ways by which you can create multiple email addresses inside Gmail.

For instance, if your email address is hello@gmail.com , any email that’s addressed to either he.ll.o@gmail.com or hello+world@gmail.com will also be delivered to your main inbox since Gmail ignores dots and anything that’s after the plus symbol in email usernames.

Therefore, theoretically speaking, you get an unlimited number of email addresses with one Gmail account. This gets even more interesting if you are using Gmail with Google Apps.


gmailThere are quite a few ways by which you can create multiple email addresses inside Gmail.

For instance, if your email address is hello@gmail.com , any email that’s addressed to either he.ll.o@gmail.com or hello+world@gmail.com will also be delivered to your main inbox since Gmail ignores dots and anything that’s after the plus symbol in email usernames.

Therefore, theoretically speaking, you get an unlimited number of email addresses with one Gmail account. This gets even more interesting if you are using Gmail with Google Apps. Leer más “Get Extra Email Addresses for your Gmail Account [Google Apps]”

Create a Gmail Filter to Focus on your Most Important Emails

Your Gmail Inbox is overflowing with email messages. Some are newsletters that you are subscribed to, some are messages from friends and colleagues that you would like to read as soon as they arrive while the rest could be spam that managed to trick the built-in Gmail filters.

Focus on the Most Important Emails First!

When you only have a limited amount of time to process that long queue of unread messages, it is important that you prioritize your emails and defer reading stuff that is not very important and can wait (like those newsletters).

Here are two simple Gmail filters that will automatically move out all the low-priority emails out of your Inbox so that you can focus on the important ones. They should also come handy when you are checking emails on the go – the high-priority items will be delivered to your mobile device while everything else will stay in your Gmail account for you to follow up later.


Your Gmail Inbox is overflowing with email messages. Some are newsletters that you are subscribed to, some are messages from friends and colleagues that you would like to read as soon as they arrive while the rest could be spam that managed to trick the built-in Gmail filters.

Focus on the Most Important Emails First!

When you only have a limited amount of time to process that long queue of unread messages, it is important that you prioritize your emails and defer reading stuff that is not very important and can wait (like those newsletters).

Here are two simple Gmail filters that will automatically move out all the low-priority emails out of your Inbox so that you can focus on the important ones. They should also come handy when you are checking emails on the go – the high-priority items will be delivered to your mobile device while everything else will stay in your Gmail account for you to follow up later. Leer más “Create a Gmail Filter to Focus on your Most Important Emails”

Is Gmail Giving Up on Tagging?


Written by Sarah Perez

Gmail Labs, the “Settings” section featuring optional, experimental features for Google‘s webmail program has just received two new additions: “message sneak peek” and “nested labels.” Now the sneak peek we definitely like – it lets you preview a message without opening it so you can take immediate action. Handy!

But nested labels is a somewhat curious addition. It turns Gmail’s once-revolutionary “tagging” system into something that more closely resembles the traditional folder structure found in email programs like Outlook. So now you can drag-and-drop your email into these so-called labels and you can create hierarchies, too? Oh, c’mon, Gmail, let’s just call them folders already and be done with it.

The Tagging Revolution

Wait! Before you rush into the comments and declare your love for nested folders, the option you’ve been waiting for since the day you got your Gmail invite back in 2004, hear me out.

I get it – nested folders are great. I’ll probably even use them. (I am nothing, if not a Gmail filter junkie. Nearly everything get tagged upon arrival and a lot gets pre-filed, too).

The point is that these labels were introduced as a major improvement over folders because you could – Wow! – tag email messages with more than one label. That means mail could be tagged “Travel,” “Coupons” and “Southwest Airlines” all at once. And wasn’t that just amazing?

But the problem with Gmail’s tagging system is that there’s no easy way to surface the combination of these tags. For example, what if you want to see all mail tagged “Work,” “From Boss” and “Project X?” Quick! How do you do it? (And don’t tell me to type in some long, complex search query with colons and Boolean operators, either. Tell me how the average email user would do it). The answer? Most people don’t know how. They’re just going to enter a few search terms into the “search mail” box at the top of the screen. Or maybe they’ll head over to the “From Boss” folder and then search for “Project X.”

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12 Of The World’s Most Unique Post Stamps


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Swarovski Crystal Stamps In 2004 Austria issued the world’s first crystal-coated stamp. The stamps, created by Swarovski crystal producers, cost 7.50 euros and were produced in conjunction with the Austrian postal service. The stamp was made out of paper like any ordinary stamp and the crystals were stuck on with a specially created glue. Swarovski had found a way to make the crystal-coated stamp withstand rough treatment in automated postal sorting machines. The surface of real glass crystal showed the Swarovski swan motif. (Link)

Soccer Ball Stamps

In March 2008, Austrian Post Office issued a stamp made of the same original material as the UEFA European Championship ball – a synthetic mix with polyurethane. (Link)

The Simpsons Stamps

The US Postal Service started selling stamps featuring The Simpsons on May 7th, 2009. The first-class stamps were worth 44 cents each. “This is the biggest and most adhesive honor The Simpsons have ever received,” said Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons. (Link 1 | Link 2)

Chocolate Stamps

The act of licking stamps, is loved by some as it is disgusting for others. Even though nowadays there are sticker stamps, those old-fashioned lickable stamps will never die. So if we have to lick it anyway why not make it tasty so we can all be happier. This set of stamps is called Chocolate Mail, which comes in 3 flavors – dark, milk and white chocolate. They are a set of 24 1st class stamps that are designed to look like a bar of chocolate, packaged as an envelope. (Link)

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Coffee Scented Stamps

This stamp was issued by Brazil. The stamp is coated with varnish containing the microcapsules that were prepared from the matured coffee beans, after being roasted, ground and filtered under pressure. This process gives a strong coffee aroma to the stamp that lasts for up to five years. (Link)

Moving Stamps

What you see above is actually a postage stamp that features a 3-second sport clip depicting various perspectives of the winning soccer goal that Andreas “Andi” Herzog scored past Sweden to grant Austria passage to the 1998 World Cup. This historical moment has been immortalized by the Austrian postal administration in honor of the upcoming Union of European Football Associations’ 2008 series. By using advancements in existing technology, Austria Post has managed to put the moving image of this goal onto a postage stamp. The stamp is very large. It measures 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) wide by 4.7 cm (1.9 inches) tall. With its size, denomination, and the novelty of moving images, it is sure to stand out in a stamp collection. (Link)

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