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Say Goodbye To Shelfies, Say Hello To Custom Gmail Themes Instead

April 2, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Among all the April Fools pranks from yesterday one of the more tame things we saw came from Google with the Shelfie Gmail theme. Gmail themes themselves weren’t new, but seeing as how the selfie was a popular topic and word usage to describe people taking pictures of themselves, Gmail thought it would be hilarious to create a new theme for Gmail for yesterdays pranks, allowing users to either create their own custom shelfie theme or use one from the selected list of trending shelfies. What exactly is a shelfie? As Google described it, it’s a selfie that you share hence the name shelfie. April Fools is over and Shelfies are now long gone, but Google got an overwhelming positive response to the idea of using custom themes inside Gmail, so they decided to make it an ongoing thing.

We can now create our own custom themes and share them with whomever we like. Your custom themes can be of just about anything. A trip to the beach, that perfect sunrise, pets, cats, you name it. Google even points out that custom themes can still be made up of selfies. Indeed since you can create your own custom theme now for Gmail and share it, you can take a selfie and make that your theme and share it with the world. It won’t be a shelfie anymore though.

Google and the Gmail team are urging us to share our own custom themes since Shelfies are so yesterday. Really.. they were yesterday. Not only do we get custom themes, but the Gmail Google+ page is also holding a Theme Tuesday where every week they’ll be sharing some of their favorite custom themes. Think you got a great custom theme? Share it and it could end up on Gmails G+ page. Custom themes within Gmail will definitely add another layer of individuality to one of our favorite Google services, and there should end up being some really awesome themes to come. I already have a few in mind myself. If you already have a custom theme set and you want to share it, doing that is simple. All you have to do is go to your themes page under settings inside Gmail, and there will be a new button for you to click(clicky things are good, we love clicky things) that will allow you to share it Google+ of course, through Gmail if you want it going to specific people, or you can just copy and paste the link where ever you like.