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An email client produced by Google.

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Organization for the packrat

  • Dec 19, 2008
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I ADORE Gmail. I have such a huge problem with never throwing away emails that I could never find what I was looking for when using any other email product. I would try to organize things into folders but I'd create so many that I would forget where things were or would be unable to decide which topic it belonged in.

Along came Gmail and it's lovely tags, stars, search options and conversations.

Tags:
Any email can be tagged with several topics. When I get an email from my cousin about the family reunion that includes a recipe for banana bread I can tag it "family" "Vegas trip" and "recipe" and never have to print anything or save it anywhere else. All these things then move with me.

Stars:
Like saving a website to your favorites, Stars allow you to mark emails as important, for whatever reason. Personally, I use it for documents that I will have to refer back to for the non-profit I volunteer for. Maybe you'll use if for your significant other's best love emails. Whatever.

Search:
I often can't remember who told me that thing about Iraq but I'm sure it was in email. I can just search for it and up it pops! I can have thousands of emails and it will bring up only the ones that relate to what I need. I love it!

Conversations:
This is my favorite thing about Gmail. All emails with the same subject line are grouped together. So I email you about Lunch's New Features, you reply and I reply to you... for weeks... and all our emails pop up together. No more looking through my sent mail. No more trying to find what you said buried somewhere in my old email. It's all together. Gmail organizes me before I even have a chance to!

When you add in a side-bar chat and easy access to Google Docs you get my little bright shining joy everyday.

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April 09, 2009
I hate gmail. Apple Mail all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy... yyyyyyyy.
 
January 13, 2009
Gmail never fails to impress me. I also absolutely love the conversations and that it groups emails together. you can just continuously scroll down (or up I guess) and read everyone's response at one time! I think my old work (a very very very large investment bank) was actually choosing a couple hundred people to try out GMail for our work email. Pretty crazy but I can only imagine HOW MUCH that conversation tool would help!!!!! Oh, and labels save my life :)
 
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Should you use Gmail for your business? For a long time my answer was “No.” After all, having an email with @gmail.com on the end isn’t especially professional, especially if you’ve already set up your own website domain and want your customers to see you as something like my.name@mycompanyname.com or such. What’s more you don’t want to change your email address and confuse/irritate all your contacts. But I was wrong and I’m now convinced that Gmail …
review by . September 17, 2010
First, I sell commercial mail servers (no, not Exchange), so  I have some bias.   I'm not going to plug the product I sell (though it's easy enough to track it down through my profile if you really wanted to).      If your small business is 10 employees or less, I think Gmail is an ideal choice.  I use it myself, and although I have some gripes about this and that, overall it beats everything else out there.      Above 10 employees, …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2011
posted in A Whole New World
Has anyone noticed anything unusual with Gmail in recent days? After I logged in and just before taken to the inbox, the site rerouted to Youtube.com. What is happening and why? Should we be concerned about it? I certainly don't like having my mails moved around... who knows what happen in transition?!?!?!
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2011
posted in Business Matters
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Simply THE BEST around for now. Coupled with Google App, it's almost unbeatable. I'd love to have the auto-swipe function in Hotmail incorporated though. That'd save me a lot of time!     
review by . September 10, 2009
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".  …
Quick Tip by . April 28, 2010
posted in Social_Media
Gmail is organized by 'conversations'. A new email response to an old conversation will not appear at the top, but is added to the original.
review by . August 02, 2009
I don't want to rehash everything that has been said in praise of gmail already, from the beauty of labels and conversations, to the insane amount of space, to the incredible simplicity of the search feature.   I'll focus instead on using gmail to handle professional correspondence.      Gmail allows you to add additional accounts, which it checks every few minutes through POP.   So, you can easily add your work email account, assuming it allows for POP access, …
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
Is Gmail still beta?
Quick Tip by . September 11, 2009
Wish Gmail were prettier to look at, but it's very practical and functional with great features.
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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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