Gmail!

Yesterday evening my friend Jason at Google/Blogger asked me, "Got your Gmail account yet?" I said I thought I'd wait until the privacy and intrusion issues died down. My said I should give it a whirl. I just signed up.

In the press coverage of email-with-Google-ads, I'd missed a valuable benefit of Gmail. With a gig of storage, you only need to delete old mail once a decade. In fact, when you push the "Trash" button, this message apprears: "No conversations in the trash. Who needs to delete when you have 1000 MB of storage?!" Furthermore, you don't need folders. You can tag an email with multiple labels for retrieval purposes. When you want something, just search for it. I'll take Google's word for it that their search is faster than that of Outlook or Eudora.

It would certainly be handy if I could upload my past emails into Gmail, so I'd have everything in one place.

For the present, I'm going to forward mail from other email accounts to Gmail. If I decide it's not my cup of tea, I can always cut off the forwarding and go back to my original set-up.


I'll add comments as I gain experience with Gmail.

There's no way to import a contacts file. Agh. My Outlook file has 1,000 names.



6/20/04

The contact list contains a place for free form entry. I may use this for my frequently called directory. (I don't have a PDA and don't really want another gadget in my life right now.)

Pro: I like being able to label emails for easy recall. It's less klutzy than folders and one mail can have multiple tags. Also handy to be able to attach a star to an email that requires follow-up (which you can easily remove when you've done it.)

Con: When I send an email with an attrachment, I am locked out while the attachment uploads from my machine to the mail server. This interrupts the pace of my work.


Posted by Jay Cross at June 18, 2004 10:11 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Well the 1 gig bit has already become a 'me too' factor. Yahoo has increased mail storage to 1 gig and so has an Indian portal Rediff - www.rediff.com

The trick is in Gmail's 'value-added' mail services, which has become the centre of much debate.

And, will MSN go the 1 GB way?

Posted by: Rajesh Lele at June 18, 2004 10:19 PM

can enybody tell ma how can subscribe for gmail account?

Posted by: wilhelm at July 1, 2004 11:14 PM

love to be invited for a gmail account
[email protected]

Posted by: jas at July 3, 2004 06:38 AM

can somebody invite me to the gmail account
1st name pardip 2nd name singh
email adress
[email protected]

many thanks fellow bloggers.

Posted by: pardip at July 4, 2004 07:34 AM

can somebody invite me to the gmail account
1st name pardip 2nd name singh
email adress
[email protected]

many thanks fellow bloggers.

Posted by: pardip at July 4, 2004 07:34 AM

can somebody invite me to the gmail account
1st name pardip 2nd name singh
email adress
[email protected]

many thanks fellow bloggers.

Posted by: pardip at July 4, 2004 07:34 AM

pls. suggest me how do i open my account / subscribe on gmail. I'm very keen to know that. pls. inform me.

Posted by: Ashish Malhotra at July 6, 2004 06:02 AM

Well google has broken all the barrears to introduce his gmail that too 1 gb, that is something unbelivable. I am very much interested to open my account. So, pls. someone who has already opened his account on gmail, pls. do let me know.
First Name - Ashish
Last Name - Malhotra
[email protected]

Posted by: Ashish Malhotra at July 6, 2004 09:25 PM

I checked out rediffmail immediately but I am not very fond of everything. You cant use pop3 (you have to pay for it) and I want a big emailaccount where my email from hotmail can be forwarded to.
Gmail just looks better. If it is really possible for people with a gmail account to introduce new people. Please help me out. I would love to use this service.

Joost den Brok
[email protected]

Posted by: Joost at July 9, 2004 11:15 AM

I would really appreciate it if anyone could send me a Gmail invite.
Email:[email protected]

Thanks in advance

Posted by: Mike at July 12, 2004 07:52 PM

Could anyone send me a gmail invite please.
I can't wait to try it out.
Thanks,
Joey

Posted by: Yossi Beck at July 13, 2004 10:37 AM

Guys, Gmail marketing is viral. A new member gets to invite a maximum of ten other people. I've used up my invitations.

If you're one of the people I brought on board, how about inviting people who request entry here? It's good karma.

If you're making a request, remember to provide First Name and Last Name as well as email.

Posted by: Jay Cross at July 13, 2004 11:07 AM

could i possibly receive a gmail invite please id really appreciate it...thank you....cya

Posted by: Chris Logsdon at July 15, 2004 12:10 PM

I would really appreciate it if anyone could send me a Gmail invite.
Thanks in advance

Gustavo Juri
[email protected]

Posted by: Gustavo Juri at July 15, 2004 10:30 PM


would really appreciate it if anyone could send me an invite. im a regular blogger.com user but never got an invite !

Posted by: Rishi Ghosh at July 15, 2004 11:38 PM

would really appreciate it if anyone could send me an invite. im a regular blogger.com user but never got an invite !

Rishi Ghosh
[email protected]

Posted by: Rishi Ghosh at July 15, 2004 11:40 PM

please please please please please could someone give me an invite to g-mail.
[email protected]

Posted by: k-lim at July 16, 2004 01:13 AM

Is there any helful soul that wourld invite to gmail.

Thanks

Posted by: Nahuel at July 16, 2004 03:54 PM

pls helpme in getting a gmail acount

Posted by: hariharan at July 17, 2004 10:31 AM

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