At Google's panel today at SXSW in Austin, a Gmail team member named Jonathan Perlow asked the crowd to raise their hands if they think Gmail is too slow. We love Gmail, but certainly we can sympathise with the fair percentage of those audience members who raised their hands - the problem is pretty much limited to those, like us, who are power users with hundreds of thousands of messages (most of which are junk, we're not bragging, but still).
Perlow had a response, confidently saying "We are fixing it." He didn't elaborate, but Google's always improving Gmail - hopefully this means we'll be seeing some improvements for power users soon. [TechCrunch]