Word is Yahoo will soon be coming out with its OddPost inspired version. Ethan Diamond, one of the Oddpost founders, now working on Yahoo mail thinks that users are more likely to use folders than tags to organize emails. I tend to agree. I like the controlled messiness of del.icio.us tags for my bookmarked urls. And the social discovery of others’ bookmarks is very compelling. But for something as personal and important as my email archive – I prefer either a combination of folders and robust search.
Pretty much every other week, I organize my emails – archiving them into folders, clearing my inbox. At the end of it, I get the feeling I get when I organize my bookshelves. There is a little bit of self-discovery (I learn what I have been focusing on recently). And feeling of satisfaction that only a clean inbox with archived messages can give.
What about you? If given the choice, would you prefer using folders or tags to organize your mail? Do tags work for organizing emails? I would love to hear about experiences using tags to organize emails.