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Gmail: Complete Organization

  • Sep 10, 2009
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The purpose of this review is two-fold: 1) to show how awesome Gmail is compared to the rest, and 2) to teach "beginner" gmail users the advanced features of Gmail.

Gmail is FREE.  Yes, free.  But so is Hotmail, Yahoo and dozens of other email service providers.  So what makes Gmail stand out above the rest?  I'll take it point by point.

Web 2.0
Oh, how I loathe the phrase "web 2.0".  But honestly, there's no other way to describe Gmail.  You can click and drag, email pops into your inbox without having to hit refresh, and it's amazingly fast.  There are tons of little things that Google has done to Gmail that helps it figure out WHAT you're gonna click on next.  And once it does that, it starts downloading it... so by the time you've clicked on it, it's already fully downloaded! 

Gmail also allows you to personalize your inbox through themes.  That means, you can change the LOOK and feel of the site!  No more bland Hotmail or Yahoo, but your own personal inbox that feels like home.  And with multiple users in the same household, this is a LIFESAVER.  You'll automatically know if it's really your inbox that you're looking at.

Rules and Labels
Instead of using "folders", an email can be "tagged" with multiple labels, like "Work", "Personal", "Recipes from Mom", etc.  Each of these labels can be customized by color, so important emails can be differentiated from the rest.

What makes labels even more powerful are the Rules feature of Gmail.  Are MySpace, Facebook and Twtitter emails drowning your inbox?  Then set up a rule to gather all those emails and place it under a label.  You can even tell Gmail to skip the inbox entirely... so you don't have to see it until you want to!

As of right now, Gmail has over 7GB for each user.  I've had my Gmail account for about 5 years, with daily emails... including large attachments and pesky "FWD FWD FWD Haha funny" emails.  Yet I'm only using less than 30% of my space.

Conversation View
In other email providers, you would have one email per reply.  So to read the entire conversation, you would have to click next and next and next until you've finally caught up with everything.  But with Gmail, they've consolidated the entire conversation onto a single click. 

With IMAP and/or POP3 you can sync your Desktop email application (like Outlook or Thunderbird) to your Gmail account.  Even better, you can even sync your iPhone or other mobile device to read your email. 

+ Attributes
Ever have to sign up for sites that are a bit shady?  You can always give them a "plus address".  If I sign up for an account at Lunch using the email "justice.erolin+lunch@gmail.com", I can track how Lunch is using my email address.  Any email sent to the plus address will be sent to the original, but I'll always know what's going on.

Wow!  Ever want to try out the "experimental" stuff from Google?  Google Developers first put out their creations onto Google Labs, so you can try out their stuff in Gmail!  This is how a lot of the features get pushed out to the public... so don't be scared to try out new things!

On a daily basis, I receive about 400+ emails a day... none of them spam.  Yet because of Gmail's advanced features, like Labels and Rules... I only see about a dozen of them in my inbox.  Gmail not only organizes my email, but more importantly, organizes the information even BEFORE I get to it.

Gmail = Lifesaver.

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September 11, 2009
Yep, certainly nothing compares to Gmail or Google! Totally agree with you. It's no wonder the stock price is so high! Not to mention I no longer use IE unless I've to!!!
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Quick Tip by . April 17, 2011
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Quick Tip by . April 28, 2010
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review by . December 19, 2008
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Gmail is a free webmail, POP3, and IMAP service provided by Google. In the United Kingdom and Germany it is officially called Google Mail.

Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004 and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007. As of July 2009 it has 146 million users monthly. The service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.

With an initial storage capacity offer of 1 GB per user, Gmail significantly increased the webmail standard for free storage from the 2 to 4MB its competitors offered at that time. The service currently offers over 7350 MB of free storage with additional storage ranging from 10 GB to 400 GB available for $20 to $500 (US) per year.

Gmail has a search-oriented interface and a "conversation view" similar to an Internet forum. Software developers know Gmail for its pioneering use of the Ajax programming technique.

Gmail runs on Google Servlet Engine and Google GFE/1.3 which runs on Linux.
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