The Google 'Gmail' debate

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Will you use Gmail given the condition below?

Yes
13
62%
No
8
38%
 
Total votes: 21

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Liu Yuante
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Unread post by Liu Yuante »

I'll repeat again the sentiments I wrote two years ago (my God have I really been here for almost 3 years?):

The ads are a non-issue, they don't show up in the body of your mail - unlike those sent by some users of other email services - and obviously they are not generated by someone at Google actually reading your mail. Spam is a complete non-issue - I've never had an email service provide such quality spam filtering. I've always preferred web-based email to a POP3 account or the like - I've only ever had a POP3 account once, when I was in college in what feels like a million years ago. My family's first internet access had a POP3 email account but this was appropriated by my father, so I had to set up Hotmail. I used that for years, then when I used Netzero for awhile - back when it really was zero dollars - I killed Hotmail. Neither stack up to Gmail though so when I got an invite from an old friend a few years ago, I took the oppurtunity. As far as web-based email goes, Gmail is better than anything else.

I have also now had occasion to use large attachments, and had no problems sending James a very large scan of an original Destiny Of An Emperor ad from an old comic. I've also used it to email large files to myself in order to transfer from comp to comp without the hassle of floppies and file-splitters, or burning discs. Draft autosaving is also wonderful - overall I don't see any reason why you wouldn't want to use it.

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I was stuck with good old Hotmail (sarcasm anyone?), but to make a long story short, I have 332 unread messages in my Hotmail account, and about 30 pages of total mail. The worst part is, I've only had it for about 5 months.
The great thing about GMail is the, for lack of a better description, forum like way the emails appear in the inbox. If I send an email, and get a reply, it's all in one place, even if I get 394585 emails from the person - so long as they are replies to the first email, and not new ones.
I haven't received 1 piece of junk mail since I started using it either, which I can't say about any mail service I've ever used, even my AOL email, which I've never even given out anywhere.
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Adam Sisemore wrote:I haven't received 1 piece of junk mail since I started using it either, which I can't say about any mail service I've ever used, even my AOL email, which I've never even given out anywhere.
I get plenty of junk mail at GMail, and I have never given my address (addresses) out. This may be due to very aggressive blind data mailing in the domain. Regardless, GMail’s junk mail filter has worked so <i>insanely</i> well that I never have to deal with a single one of them. And I have never lost a legitimate email to it.
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Rhiannon
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Indeed. Although my general gmail account (I have 3) has 500 some spam messages in its filter each week, on average, no more than 2 slip by each month into my regular mail box.

My non-public gmail addresses get less than 10 spam messages a month - all caught by the junk mail filter gmail has set.

I never find real messages in my junk mail folder, either.

And like Adam, my favorite feature is threading emails... although I am very fond of the googledoc support that's been introduced.
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Liu Yuante
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Re: The Google 'Gmail' debate

Unread post by Liu Yuante »

Blatant necro post, but I just wanted to say how quaint it feels to read a thread where everyone is debating whether Gmail - with its embedded ads (oh no!) - would be worth using or not.
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