Google's answer to e-mail overload? Gmail Priority Inbox, an experimental new feature that's rolling out this week. This video explains it all:
Gmail Priority Inbox hasn't landed in my account yet, so I can't say whether it works as advertised. On the surface, it looks like a crackerjack way to separate the e-mail wheat from the e-mail chaff.
On the other hand, I mostly use Outlook for e-mail (including my Gmail accounts), so this doesn't do me a ton of good. If you're in the same boat, check out some of our previous posts on managing e-mail overload: