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14 geek small.pngDoes opening your gmail inbox turn you into a Monkey of Madness? Or the Elephant of Overshare? Perhaps as my reader you’re more of a Geek Girl of Glory.

Confused? no, be delighted. Illustrator and poet Giles Andraes, better known as Edward Monkton has created five little captioned illustrations to show the Five Types of Gmail User. Let me summarize them:

The Madness Monkey, a hidden genius and artistic type
The Random Rabbit, full of random nonsense and happy chaos
The Butterfly of Love, the social butterfly that always keeps in touch
The Elephant of Emotional Overload who (over)shares everything
The Geek of Glory, gadget-head supreme and personal tech support

It’s all part of Google’s cute and friendly initiatives, little clever ways products like Gmail can be customized. Cunningly each character type links up to a Gmail function or application: Gmail Labs for Geeks, Video chat for Elephants etc.

Apparently, the categories reflect the way Gmail actually considers its users.

“Giles Andreae has very creatively captured five prominent email personas — the same kind of characters that we keep in mind when we build new features,” said Christian Miccio, Product Manager for Google Mail.

And Giles? Well he thought that the “drawings are a great way to add some more personality and left-field fun to the digital space”.
Send an Edward Monkton to your favourite elephant/rabbit here

For all those free spirits who like using…. googlemail inbox themes, because they’re very creative. I guess this is for people who send wacky emails, I know a few. Me? Yeah, I’ve sent a few several lots.

the Madness Monkey

Aw those little rabbits, always sending weird random emails. Full of energy and delightful scattiness. Aw.

the Random Rabbit

This is for those darlings who always start chatting to you on gchat and send you little friendly emails about nothing in particular. “The friend we love for never failing to keep in touch” as Mr Monkton puts it.

the Butterfly of Love

“And secretly the Geek shall DREAM / That digiblurb consume the world / And geek and screen are ONE!!” – OMG how did he know? I do object to the way that geeks are portrayed as hairless baby-onesie wearers, but his words strike truth.

Geek of Glory

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