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Following Thanksgiving weekend, we asked you last week if you actually shop on Black Friday Do You Actually Shop On Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Actually Shop On Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Black Friday has spread to other places in the world, where it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving and everything to do with shopping. Most big stores and many small ones offer pretty good deals... Read More . While traditionally a US custom, Black Friday’s shopping deals have spread around the world, and over 300 readers from different parts of the world participated. The interesting results are below.

Out of 302 votes in total, 3% said they shop on Black Friday, only only in regular stores, 8% only shop if they find a really good deal, 9% shop regularly both online and in brick and mortar stores, 16% rarely shop, unless really tempted, 17% only shop online, and 32% said they never shop on Black Friday. An additional 15% voted for the “no Black Friday in my country” option.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

So a third of the readers who voted don’t shop on Black Friday at all. Do you believe it?


This week’s poll question is: Are You Using Gmail’s New Compose “Experience”?

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About a month ago, Google first introduced Compose Emails In A New Window As Gmail Improves Interface [Updates] Compose Emails In A New Window As Gmail Improves Interface [Updates] Reading and managing emails is one half of the story. Composing them is the other half, and Gmail just went in for an improvement there. Using a separate window to write emails allows you access... Read More its new Gmail compose “experience”. If you’re using Google Apps, you might have only gotten to try it this passed week, but chances are that if you’re using Gmail, you know what the new compose is all about. I’ve heard many mixed thoughts about Gmail’s new compose. Some have adopted it enthusiastically for its clutter-free interface and multi-tasking abilities, and others feel it adds too much clicking to the workflow and that many important features are now hidden. Where do you stand? Are you using the new compose feature, or will you wait until the bitter end, when Google forces it on everyone?

What makes the new compose better? What makes it worse? What are your reasons for choosing to use it? Or not use it? Tell us all in the comments.

  1. bobbi
    March 31, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I think the new Gmail compose sucks!! I do not like it at all!!!

  2. Giggity Goebbels
    December 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Lol i really dun care as long as the email works i sill be fine

  3. Usman Mubashir
    December 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Gmail is far better than any other

  4. Vishal Srivastava
    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I like the GMail's new compose because it allows me to multitask. While I'm writing my mail, I can still view the inbox and stay updated if i get new mails. I can read new mails while composing and copy text from previous mails. It is very simple and intuitive to grasp. All in all, I think this new compose is an improvement and I like it very much...

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    How to enable the new look if you're using regular Gmail account and not in America or Europe?

  6. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I've already activated this feature in some of my account but I rarely access my email account via PC. I usually my email using my BlackBerry and access my email via website if I only need to find some old emails.

  7. Daniel Huss
    December 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I'm probably between "Love it" and "Not Sure"...

  8. Anonymous
    December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I dont like it

  9. Julie Smith
    December 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Where is the "I tried it and I hated it" option?

    I often use the formatting features, which are right there all the time in the classic view. In the new "improved" compose, I have to click the [Formatting Options] button every time. Many of the features that I regularly use is at least one extra click away. For example, I often use quote or indenting, which now takes up to 3 clicks rather than one.

    I also fine the slide-out options distracting, where I have to hover my mouse over the + to see the other options such as insert link. This seems totally unnecessary to me, as the expanded options merely fill the available white space which was already there!

    If I want to pop-out the reply window, it takes three very unintuitive clicks; Type of response, start separate conversation and then click on the pop-out button.

    It does have one nice feature; the automatically resizing reply window.

    I've been a long time user of Gmail (since back when it was invite-only), and in general I've been very happy with their continual improvements and especially their power features. It seems to me that the new interface is actually dumbing down, which saddens me.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      I also find that some features require too many clicks, especially formatting options. If they fix that, I'll be very happy. The idea is good, but it seems like they thought most people don't use these features regularly, which is not true at all.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Oh, and regarding the "tried it and hate it option", the poll was about whether you're using it right NOW, so tried and and hate it is not a relevant answer. :)

  10. Jesse Manalansan
    December 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I just saw it now, after reading this post. lol hehehe

  11. Ron Lister
    December 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I don't mind it. I'm not in love with it, but I dont hate it either. seems a little stark.It's easy enough to use and I can pop out with the arrow and move it to where I want on my screen.

  12. Roehl Curioso
    December 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I like using it... not bad!

  13. Jagbir Sembhi
    December 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    like it

  14. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Yes . I like the new IM feel of it and it makes the loading time faster. Instead of booting up a whole new page it only boots up a small script. I think google is going in the right direction with this. As people want to do things faster and faster email will need to be updated as well. And with this update people can get an email out quicker than they could before.

  15. Brian Smith
    December 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Not my favourite 'improvement'? It appears to slow down the computer and does not look favourably on multiple email accounts.

  16. John Lamerand
    December 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Compose works and it works well. If you use the "pop out" arrow you can move the mail box around, and that might sound trivial but there are times when it is very useful. You might not have the entire text of an email composed in your head before you start typing - and by popping the box out you can float it above the content that you wanted to refer to, without having to "alt-tab".

  17. jazi g
    December 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Horrible, I hate it. You can't move the window.

    • John
      December 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      I totally hate it. Why did they have to change something that works?

  18. Achraf Almouloudi
    December 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I mainly don't use Gmail but as an Android user I own an inbox there, so I have tried it but think it'll not drive Gmail to be more successful, it is already very slow compared to Outlook so Google should stop making more Javascript intensive effects and focus on actually redesigning the interface to become very fast.

  19. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I use it . . .. that way I don't "lose" my page that I am on . . . .

  20. Lynne McCurdy
    December 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I like what I've used. Haven't taken the time to 'play' with it...

  21. Ed
    December 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I hate it. I want the standard rich-text composition toolbar right in front of me, without having to claw for it. To me, it looks as if Google is too influenced by the notion that users (especially younger users) prefer Facebook or Twitter-style ultra simple text messaging - a trend I see in other emerging messaging systems, such as Salesforce Chatter.

    Previously, Google totally destroyed a) Gmail search and b) the left Folder bar. If I wasn't so locked in, I'd bolt.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, it's a bit too hard to reach the formatting, I have to agree there. Why do you feel they've destroyed Gmail search and the folder bar, though?

  22. Ronald
    December 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    It's gonna scare everyone at first because it looks different, and is in a different spot. As someone who prefers email as communication, I feel like I can be slightly more productive now. No waiting to go to a new Page if my Internet wants to be slow. It's not a huge overhaul so hopefully people don't hate on it too much, I enjoy it.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I like the instantaneous appearance of the message form as well as the ability to see the mail under reference right behing it. though missing the smileys ...

  24. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    It has a better option to send google drive contents as attachments that outlook lacks

  25. Brad Sturrock
    December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Being able to access other emails that may have info relevant to the email I am composing without having to save it as a draft while I go looking around is a solution to a problem I used to have. I love it. The pop up window is easily minimized to allow me to view my entire gmail UI which also makes my work easier. Well done Google.

  26. Adam Campbell
    December 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    actually I didn't even notice until I read this page, I use the mail app to handle my email, so I don't spend much time fraternizing with google

  27. wolfe69
    December 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    My biggest issue is not being able to move the window around.

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Just click on the up arrow at the left corner and it will pop up your email in a new window. You can move around your window or press F11 for a fullscreen view and type a long email.

      • wolfe69
        December 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        That works like a charm!!! Guess I would have to say that Yes, I like the new format.

        • Douglas Mutay
          December 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

          it was a pleasure to help you enjoy the new format :-)

  28. thu ya
    December 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yes. I like because old features + google drive integration.

  29. Alan Wade
    December 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I too had no idea it exsisted and have no idea what it is. All my email comes to my email client (Postbox) so would love to know exactly what it is.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Open the Gmail Web client and check it out!

  30. Anabel f.m.
    December 3, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I tried it, but did not feel comfortable. I don't like the compose window, and the area for reply seems smaller than my needs.

  31. Ankit
    December 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

    It is pretty neat, but needs some improvement.

    For example, when you "forward" an email, you don't see the subject line, like it used to appear before. So, even if you use a similar body and edit the email, you *could* forget to change the subject line, mainly because you don't see it. This could really be embarrasing !

    This is a case where bad design helps propogate error and the user is not really responsible (unlike the general case with poorly worded / wrong subject emails )

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      I agree. This is one feature that's really annoying to me. Also, if you actually remember to change the subject, you need to click too many times in order to do it, and it then pops it out as a "new conversation". It's all just a bit cumbersome, I just want to change the subject!

  32. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 3, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I am not using it as of now. The extensions such as Bananatag (which I use often) doesn't support the new Compose experience ;)

    However, it really is a considerable improvement when compared to the old one. You get to minimize the message. The look is good, simple to use, and a number of other options such as font, color, etc. A movable box, however, is missing.

  33. Timothy Liem
    December 3, 2012 at 2:26 am

    well.. it's faster than the traditional compose page, compatible with GDrive so allow you to attach up to 10GB file. but it somehow is uncomfortable to use. I think I have to get used to this bcoz it indeed is decreasing the amount of time I take for composing an email.

  34. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Yes, I like it. It is a separate window and doesn't take up the whole screen. Also like the GDrive integration in it.

  35. Nancy Messieh
    December 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I'm really not a fan of the new feature. I prefer a fullscreen when it comes to writing on my computer no matter what platform/email I'm using. (The fullscreen option on WordPress is awesome!) I'd never willingly resort to a smaller screen when I'm writing.

    • Douglas Mutay
      December 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Hey Nancy! You still can use the full screen with this new great idea from google. Just click on the up arrow at the left corner and it will pop up your email in a new window. You can press F11 for an awesome fullscreen and type your long email. give it a try! ;-)

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      That's an interesting way to look at it. I agree that the new compose windows is a bit on the small side, but it doesn't bother me that much, actually. I guess you can pop it out and expand it, like Douglas suggests below, but to me that seems besides the point. Might as well stick to the old compose...

  36. Alex Perkins
    December 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I love the new compose experience, lets me look at one email and reply to another without having to switch tabs all the time.

  37. Drew O'Kane
    December 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I would have to agree that if you have multiple email accounts, choosing an alternate is not exactly intuitive. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about having the inbox on the same screen as composing. Might be distracting.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I thought it was annoying at first too (switching the from email), but after using it for two days I got used to it, so there's nothing to it.

      As for composing with the inbox in the background, it can be distracting, but it's also really convenient if you need to look up something while writing.

  38. rghdrft
    December 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    It's an improvement but needs a bit of work. Don't care for the small locked down compose window so I always click the arrow to get the larger expandable one - I would prefer the option to set a default on which compose window to open for a new email. Would also like to see the same type window open for replies. Right now I find the small area for replies to be too limiting especially where there are long conversations - not very easy to delete the unwanted portions in such a small window - requires too much back and forth scrolling to find the portions you need to keep and/or delete. Too much room for error there.

    I do like the cleaner uncluttered look and once you know where the other options are located they are easier enough to get to.

  39. NotoriousZeus
    December 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I'm pretty sure the so called "new compose" and even more features that are lined up in gmail's queue are result of Sparrow Team.

  40. Bilal
    December 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    new microsoft's outlook is the best. and i mostly use outlook instead of gmail

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      December 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Big friend.

  41. Ben
    December 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    The one issue is that you can't send your task list(e-mail task list from the google tasks). I googled it, and this is a known issue and supposedly being worked on.

  42. Bumferry Hogart
    December 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I had no idea this existed (I don't send emails all that often) but having read this I thought I'd Give it go.

    It seems nice and easy to use, with lots of options such as text colour/background colour, font, size and all the usual stuff including adding links, pictures etc all in a nice handy line at the bottom.

    New messages can be minimised to (I found by accident) although the mini screen can not be moved to another location which is probably the only draw back I can think of...

    I can't understand why anyone would think this isn't a good idea or at least a more efficient way of composing an email unless they are the sort of person who simply hates change of any kind, which, in this day and age and constant upgrades, alterations and changes to make the products we use better and easier to use - seems really daft.

    Overall - I like it. I would like the ability to move the box/window to a different location, but that may come in time.

    well done Google.

    • John Lamerand
      December 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      you can move the window. try the little arrow in the top right ("pop out").

      • Yaara Lancet
        December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        Pop out opens it in a new window, which is not exactly the same as moving it around, but it's really the only way to do it right now.

  43. Jos
    December 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    No, because you can't choose a different email adress when you configured multiple accounts

    • Ben
      December 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Sue you can. The from: is a drop down and you can choose which one e-mail you send as.

      • Ksavai
        December 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

        Yes, Initially I also thought I cant but later found out so all good now. For me its like if I can have Big why so small window? just press shift compose for new window, I am used to that since years

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Like the commenters below said, you actually can. I use it all the time. At first it required an extra click to make the dropdown menu appear, but now it's always there without the extra click.

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