4 Gmail labs that aren’t worth a Penny

I recently came across a post on 5 Gmail labs you should enable to increase productivity. Well, this is an article response to that post. Gmail labs, though known for it’s innovations and awesomeness, has on the other hand also launched a few lab features that are… not worth a penny. Here’s the top four:

1. Back to Beta

Heh, not required – is it?

Back to Beta
Back to Beta - worth a penny? 😉

2. Old Snakey

Who’d like to play the old snakey game when tonnes of official mails are unread yet?

Old snakey game in Gmail
Old snakey game in Gmail labs

3. Signature tweaks

Signature tweaks - Outdated lab in Gmail
Signature tweaks - Outdated lab in Gmail

Yes, an outdated lab feature this one. After Gmail has introduced HTML signatures by default, this lab isn’t worth retaining it’s position on the labs as Gmail’s stable site without any labs has been tweaked.

4. Default text Styling

Default text styling - A lab feature for the egoistic Gmail'ers
Default text styling - A lab feature for the egoistic Gmail'ers

Facebook doesn’t allow users sending HTML mails though they can view HTML e-mails, I’ve seen many people opting for their @facebook.com mail address lately. Let us not leave them envious by sending HTML mails to them – let’s learn to be generous, my friends. 😛

The above listed were the Gmail labs that I most hated. Let me know in the comments which of the Gmail labs do you hate and which one you love.

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  • I don’t like default text style and snakey game in gmail labs and have already disabled them. Somehow I feel that they are worthless. So I don’t like it.

  • Yeah, it does seems a bit silly to have that beta option, lol.


  • I actually didn’t know about these despite using Gmail for quite a while now. I’ll try changing the default text style to something cooler like Verdana or something and add my own signature too!

  • I agree an outdated lab for signatures dosn’t make any sense when you already have one built in.

  • it’s innovations and awesomeness i like this

  • WOW! Still have back to beta!? nice

  • Google encourages its employees to use 20% of their time to do whatever they want, and we end up with close to useless things like these plugins. Can’t blame them, it’s better than no plugins!
    (Also, apparently, commentluv is not working :P)

  • Nice Post. I love this post.

  • Old Snakey is a funny idea. I don’t think anyone has time for that while reading emails.

    – Robert

  • Hehe… your right mate… who wonts to go back to beta? 😀