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Google March 9 added Gmail Smart Labels, another tool to help its 150 million-plus users sift through the loads of social-network digests, e-commerce messages and credit card statements they receive each day.

While users may already create labels and filters to tell Gmail how to treat incoming messages, Smart Labels will automatically dump messages into Bulk, Notification and Forum labels. 

Google classifies Bulk mail as any mass mailing, such as newsletters and promotions. Daily Deals from Groupon is a good example of a Bulk mail message. Gmail automatically filters these out of users’ in-boxes and into the Bulk label.

Google considers Notification messages sent to users directly, such as billing statements from banks and purchase receipts from and other retailers. E-mail from group mailing lists is labeled as Forum.

These new filters may be edited under the Filters tab in Gmail settings, where existing filters may also be altered to avoid having them "Smart Labeled," said Google software engineer Stanley Chen in a blog post.

Also, Chen noted that users who believe Smart Labels incorrectly labeled a message can report miscategorizations from the drop-down menu on each message. Fair warning: This gives the full message to Google’s Gmail engineers.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Gmail Smart Labels Unclutter E-Mail, Joining Priority Inbox.