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Gmail in the News

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the you've-got-google dept.

Google 693

roadies writes "Despite all the negativity and privacy concerns that surround Gmail, it has still gained cult-like status where net-d0rks feel self validated by having a gmail address and will do anything to get one. Services like the Gmail Machine, a randomized Gmail lotto that has people hitting refresh until they get carpel-tunnel in the index finger, reports over 7 million pageviews (though, definitely not uniques) in 3 days and 55 invites given away. They just added 222 more through donators who have given up invites in exchange for a text link on the high-traffic site. GmailSwap (covered recently on /.) has given away everything from cameras to good vibes. Good news for hardpressed geeks: The invites are becoming more and more available and mainstream. Ebay once had gmail invites going for a couple hundred dollars. Now, nobody is bidding on them anymore, so you can purchase one the old-fashioned eBay way for a dollar or two." Reader marklyon writes "Third party developers have stepped in with utilities that enhance and improve GMail. One utility, Mbox & Maildir to Gmail Loader allows users to upload their existing email to their GMail account. Another, POP Goes the GMail, offers the ability to access your GMail account with any POP mail reader, giving users the ability to permanently archive messages. GTray lives in your taskbar and alerts you to incoming messages. Other, more general programs, allow you to forward your Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail messages to your new GMail account. The question that remains, however, is whether Google will work with or against third party developers in GMail's future."

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Cult (-1, Troll)

LifesizeKenDoll (783854) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468432)

I sacrifice myself to the cult of Gmail. All hail you, great leader.

Getting Invited (5, Funny)

xp (146294) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468498)

How does one get invited. I crave the invitation. I am almost tempted to start my own Google just so I could then invite myself to gmail.

----
Is Your Boss A Muppet? [blogspot.com]

My experiences with Gmail invitations (4, Informative)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468434)

I got a gmail account relatively early (early in April) from a friend at Google. I use it mostly for mailing lists, not quite ready to put all my personal mail on it, especially when until this article I had no idea how to download Gmail for use when disconnected.

Initially I got a couple of invitations I could give away, every couple of weeks, and it was easy to find close friends to give them to. Then I found I had seven invitations this week and had run out of obvious candidates. I tried gmailswap, but the interesting ones (like a pound of Kona coffee) went too quickly, and the others were uninteresting to me. So I sent a note to my orkut friends, and quickly had well over a dozen requests for accounts despite including a disclaimer pointing to gmail-is-too-creepy.com [gmail-is-too-creepy.com] :). I gave away the ones I had, and surprisingly got a few more the very next day. I still have a queue of about 5 people I owe accounts to.

PS. This was a really, really nice Slashdot article, with a treasure trove of gmail information. Well done.

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468487)

PS. This was a really, really nice Slashdot article

Suck-up.

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (0)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468573)

May I have a GMail invite please :) It would make my day. Want my e-mail in a reply? Puuuuuuuuuuuurty please?

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (3, Interesting)

bendelo (737558) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468659)

I'll give 3 GMail accounts to the first 3 people to reply to reply to this post (with an e-mail address to send the invite to).

POST NOW!

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (0)

Cais (682659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468687)

scootsmcgee@hotmail.com Yar.

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (1)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468693)

Probably worth a shot:

Please send me a GMail account!
email: connard@palmdrive.net

Thanks in advance.

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (1)

tabacco (145317) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468695)

tabacco@ucsc.edu -- it's worth a try :)

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468697)

I'll bite ....
awkmayle at yahoo.com
Thanks

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468700)

edgy@dslextreme.com

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (1)

caramelcarrot (778148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468581)

I just got an invite from my friend. So of course the first thing I do it check for all the mathematical constants (duh). Managed to get two that weren't taken ;) Oh right, actually use gmail as an email service? Maybe, if I want to get the chicks at math gatherings. *cough*. It'll come in useful for some things, like forum signups, I guess... but I already have enough real email addresses.

Re:My experiences with Gmail invitations (1)

roadies (748234) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468602)

Thanks Frisky!

Waning excitement (3, Insightful)

SIGALRM (784769) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468437)

it has still gained cult-like status

OK, I was one of the sheeple who used to go a few times weekly to the gmail website [google.com] to check things out.

But I awoke earlier this week [slashdot.org] to my Yahoo premium account suddenly offering two, not one, gigabytes of email storage... and all without the (overblown) privacy concerns and advertising. *And* I only pay $19.95/yr. for it.

I'm not (or at least don't need to be) interested in Gmail anymore. I've moved on and Yahoo has succeeded in taking the wind out of Gmail's sails, at least for me.

Re:Waning excitement (5, Insightful)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468455)

GMail offers 1GB for free, compared to 2GB for $20/yr. Maybe $20/yr isn't too much, but I think the free model still has some juice left. Not to mention the nice threading model and top-notch searching.

Re:Waning excitement (4, Insightful)

Unnngh! (731758) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468681)

Yeah but my FREE yahoo account has 100MB storage, more than the account that I get (pay for) with my cable modem subscription. 100MB of email is really more than I need for personal use.

Re:Waning excitement (1, Interesting)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468466)

And I awoke a couple weeks ago to the fact that my webmail provider provides not one gig. Not two gigs. Not 5 gigs, but unlimited space. *And* I only pay $0 for it.

Re:Waning excitement (1)

Catcher80 (639611) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468663)

who the hell is your webmail provider? lol

Re:Waning excitement (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468708)

Lemme guess, you run the mail server on your own machine?

If so the space is limited by your HD space ;)

Re:Waning excitement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468575)

Boy, I hope that extra 100MB of space is work $20/yr. I meandered over to my oft-neglected yahoo account to find 100MB of space, and I don't pay a thing for it. Using like 0.2% or something.

Re:Waning excitement (2, Insightful)

SIGALRM (784769) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468605)

Boy, I hope that extra 100MB of space is work $20/yr

Actually, it's 1000MB of additional space. And you don't pay the $20 for the storage (hell, it wasn't even there a week ago), but for the ad-free UI.

That said, I'm sure the searching/message thread stuff is sweet.

Yahoo scans your mail as well. (2, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468682)

How do you think the spam filters work? Magic ESP SPAM detection?

No, it scans your mail - just like GMail does when it's filtering SPAM of considering ads to feed up.

The only email providers that do not scan mail are the ones that allow anything to pass.

FUCK U ROGER ALSTON (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468439)

fuck you u peice of corrupt good for nothing shithead

DIE bitch!!!

enjoy ur OBE

net-d0rks? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468444)

0mg, th3y 0wnz0r3 th33 gm41l.

yeah thanks for submitting an article to slashdot, jeff k.

I'm lost (1, Insightful)

Platinum Dragon (34829) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468456)

Educate a rube.

What's so big about Gmail, anyway? Is it the gigabyte of storage? The allure of using something offered by Google? The excitement of being admitted to a semi-exclusive online club?

Re:I'm lost (4, Interesting)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468488)

What's so big about Gmail, anyway? Is it the gigabyte of storage? The allure of using something offered by Google? The excitement of being admitted to a semi-exclusive online club?

Perhaps all three, but I think after using Gmail for a couple of months, the idea that I can quickly search the full content of everything I've received is nice; the threaded conversations are really cool; and the sharp user interface is pretty nice.

On the other hand, the filter model doesn't cut it for me. Tagging things with a label but leaving them in an "inbox" makes it hard to find the good stuff. Maybe if I could "star" incoming messages based on criteria as well?

Problem Solved (3, Informative)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468594)

...You can "star" incoming messages based on criteria. Edit a filter. "Star It" is one of the filter options.

Problem solved?

Re:I'm lost (5, Informative)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468499)

Personally I love the following:

1) It's webmail like the ORIGINAL hotmail before MS tookover. Few ads, non popups, just gets you to your business

2) Google search for your e-mail, nice and fast. Beats the hell outta Eurora and Outlook searching

3) Threaded e-mails. I sent out an e-mail to a group of 10 friends, they all responded, I responded to some, etc. It all gets stored in ONE thread.

Re:I'm lost (1)

Megor1 (621918) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468527)

It's not even 1 gig of storage, its only 1000 mb. I expect this sort of thing from marketers at Maxtor but not from the geek phds at google!

Re:I'm lost (3, Informative)

Wild Bill TX (787533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468566)

Actually, it is indeed 1024 MB. I heard about somebody who filled up their Gmail account (sorry, I have no link) and got the message at the bottom to say, "You have used 101% of your 1000 MB." They probably just call it 1000 MB so as to not confuse those who do not know that 1 GB is 1024 MB, which is totally lame.

Re:I'm lost (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468644)

According to what I see here [prattboy.net] , you're wrong - google gives 1000mb, not 1024. (Look for the image halfway down the screen)

Re:I'm lost (1)

gooberguy (453295) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468538)

Is it the gigabyte of storage? The allure of using something offered by Google? The excitement of being admitted to a semi-exclusive online club?

Yes, yes, and yes.

I thought about bidding on an account... (5, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468457)

But instead bought an old 1 GB harddrive on eBay for 50 cents.

Well... (0, Flamebait)

shepd (155729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468458)

I have one invite left. First to email me for one gets it.

Re:Well... (3, Funny)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468478)

ohhhhh me!

send it to: Mekkab @ gmail DOT com.

Oh, Wait...

Wow! (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468516)

1 down!

Seems I still have 5 more left! Keep those mails coming! :-)

Re:Wow! (1)

cipher uk (783998) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468580)

and that 1 was me... thanks shepd

Re:Wow! (1)

Norgus (770127) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468669)

if you would please, my e-mail address is currently *cringe* norgus8@hotmail.com I assume your not actually offering this anyway because of the weird e-mail address you have on show. But if you are offering, please invite me ^_^

Sorry! (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468676)

All fresh out now! Anyone who mailed me and didn't get one, I'll keep you on file and as soon as the invite counter resets, I'll hook you up.

Thanks all that asked! Hope you enjoy your accounts!

What they're really thinking: (2, Insightful)

Dan Farina (711066) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468459)

By the time any normal person can accumulate 1GB worth of e-mail from a service starting today 1GB will be so fantastically cheap (they aren't already?) that it just won't matter.

Still policy blocked from work... (4, Insightful)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468462)

Got the invite, love the interface, can't view it from work.

Still hanging on to my shell account.

Re:Still policy blocked from work... (1)

fuzzhead (750413) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468525)

SSH tunnel to a proxy at home?

Re:Still policy blocked from work... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468586)

The proxy server update that allows us to read your mail will be installed this weekend.
-- your sysadmin

Yahoo has retaliated (4, Informative)

centralizati0n (714381) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468468)

Yahoo now offers 100 mb to all free accounts, and 2 gigabytes to premium accounts. I love competition.

Re:Yahoo has retaliated (1)

almostmanda (774265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468714)

and yet, hotmail is still stuck at 2 mb. with constant emails begging you to upgrade. and damn near everything goes into my spam folder. and it goes down once a week.
microsoft needs to step it up already. show us some of those monopoly-keeping practices and make users an offer they can't refuse.

As I don't have one yet... (1)

bconway (63464) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468470)

and have been unable to get detailed information about the beta program, how are people that are paying or trading possesions certain that all the accounts won't disappear when the beta is over in order to start the program with a clean slate?

Re:As I don't have one yet... (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468528)

The idea was to have a G-mail account a few weeks ago. THAT was Geek Cool. Also, to grab a good name (Technolust found that someone else had snagged his name by the time he got an invite).

Even if it's gone tommorrow- its all about being an early adopter.

Re:As I don't have one yet... (1)

Wig (778245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468672)

When you get an invite, the mail says that you can keep your account when it moves from Beta to public.

I got an account a few days ago (5, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468471)

And if it's offered to the likes of me, it can't bt that cool. (I was a very brief user of Adwords.)

My impression: It's nice webmail. That's it.

I don't see the huge hype, but then again I did click on that invite link, didn't I?

I did it before, and I'll do it again (5, Interesting)

los furtive (232491) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468472)

I've you'd like a Gmail account, send me an email at chrislamothe@gmail.com [mailto] and as I get invites I'll hook you up. I've hooked up 18 people this week alone.

What I noticed was that as soon as Yahoo announced they were upping their email limit, Gmail started letting me invite about 5 people a day.

Understand that I already have a backlog of 10 slashdotters waiting for accounts, but I labeled them all and as the invites trickle in, I'll pass them on...my friends and family and irc buddies are already hooked up.

Cheers!

Re:I did it before, and I'll do it again (1)

los furtive (232491) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468579)

As a side note, I will give precedence to Hotmail users :-)

Re:I did it before, and I'll do it again (1)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468608)

I've got some invites too. Email me at phrosty@gmail.com [mailto] with your first/last name and something witty and I'll send you one.

The Logical Next Step (4, Interesting)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468474)

.. would be Google Messenger.
Use Gmail address as a login ID, use it to capture the business IM and email market

Re:The Logical Next Step (1)

SoSueMe (263478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468616)

Let's call it "Google Pass" for the login ID.
You know, a "Pass" to a "Port"al.
Noone should have a problem with that.
You can use it for all kinds of services with no concerns about aggregate data tracking because we trust them.
</paranoia>

Re:The Logical Next Step (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468703)

No you could use it to log into a number of partnered websites and services, it would be like a passport to the web.

Oh, bloody hell (1, Funny)

lorcha (464930) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468475)

After reading that it seems like they're gonna take away my geek credentials if I don't have a gmail account. Could someone please send an invitation to lorcha@hotmail.com?

Thanks,
A geek who needs to feel some validation.

Re:Oh, bloody hell (1)

Coke in a Can (577836) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468541)

/me notes the hotmail address

I think you lost your geek credentials a few years back.

You lost them a long time ago (1)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468583)

By keeping a hotmail account past 2000, you are officially a third class geek. You are slightly more geeky than someone using an aol email account, but not by much.

Matt Fahrenbacher

GNAA Announces Remastered Version of GNFOS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468477)

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Use spymac.com (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468492)

Spymac.com has free hosting, 1GB of email, none of the privacy concerns of gmail, and a very easy to use site.

And it existed before gmail

Re:Use spymac.com (1)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468680)

Ugh. please. go USE a service before promoting it.

Spymac may have 1GB of mail, but the site is FAR from easy to use. It's the definition of bloat, and in the 2 months I tried to use it has been down too often when I've really needed webmail, that I just stopped using it.

Spymac has some good features on paper, pity the implementation isn't there.

The GMail Market (5, Interesting)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468495)

One thing I noticed about GMail was that it was, at least for a short time, a small commercial market within itself. The market ebbed and flowed depending on if invites had become availble that day or not. Originally, there were few accounts, and I managed to snatch one up thanks to my Blogger account - while it lasted, my invites were gold. Before the market "crashed" a few weeks ago, I managed to get unlimited virtual hosting and some nude pictures from a college CS girl who wanted one for "geek cool". My, it was great.

Of course, then the market crashed. So now GMail Swap and others are worthless. But I've been using my invites for another purpose now - I currently have 30 GMail addresses to my name, including some interesting ones. I figure, although the rarity may not exist in having an account, the rarity could exist in having the account you want. Commercialism rises again.

And the point of the story is... (1)

badfrog (45310) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468701)

Why are these nude pictures not shared?

Mmm... GUI (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468500)

I like the UI. You could try winning a Gmail... http://www.elitegaming.net/gmail

net-d0rk? (1)

brewin (776684) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468505)

The guy said net-d0rk. And spelled it with a zero. How ironic. By the way, I have a Gmail account and I'm damn proud of it, too.

Neighbor of teh winnar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468513)

I just pulled 1335 on the gmail lotto. how annoying is that?

as if i didn't have enough time-sucking webpages to visit every day, here's one more...

Re:Neighbor of teh winnar? (1)

blixel (158224) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468592)

I've been going at the gmail machine for over 8 hours ... now that slashdot has picked it up, it's probably a waste of time to continue. I was able to refresh every 3 or 4 seconds ... now I'm getting 10, 12, 20 second delays.

Re:Neighbor of teh winnar? (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468615)

Laugh... one of the guys on #gmail on Efnet had a small VB app that guessed for you, just leave it on overnight. :)

The author of the page found a way to block it though ;p

I've got one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468530)

Funniest response to this post gets a free invite.

Re:I've got one (1)

kaptainsunshine (719555) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468633)

How bout' only response?

Search plugin for squirrelmail.. (1)

zcat_NZ (267672) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468537)

I already have 'unlimited' storage (currently 50G free, but I could easily drop another drive in the server if I felt it was getting short) for my email, with pop3, imap and squirrelmail access to it from anywhere.

I'm not sure how good squirrelmail is at searching through the old mail; perhaps I should look into that. If it's that important I can always ssh in and grep through the mail directories anyway :)

Re:Search plugin for squirrelmail.. (1)

mirror_dude (775745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468625)

Squirelmail does an ok job of searching IMAP accounts, but I cant get it to search my POP accounts ;-(

The real success of Gmail (4, Insightful)

furball (2853) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468540)

The success of Gmail is not the amount of space. That's called a gimmick. The success of Gmail is its searchability.

In the long run, having a gig of mail is pointless if you can't find what you're looking for. Assume you can have all the space in the world and you didn't delete a single email. How will you find the email sent sometime ago that you can't remember from a girl you can't remember who conversed with you on craigslist [craigslist.org] but you did remember her fantasy about being your naughty bukkake star?

You can't! Not without search.

creepy (0, Redundant)

FLoWCTRL (20442) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468543)



http://gmail-is-too-creepy.com/

GTray Mirror (1)

loteck (533317) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468551)

Can someone manage a mirror for the GTray file [torrez.us] ? Sounds handy.

Re:GTray Mirror (2, Informative)

IIskooterII (597091) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468576)

Alternate [botheration.org] .

Re:GTray Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468638)

Thanks! Now to get an app that will check MULTIPLE GMail accounts.

blazing fast outlook search (1)

0WaitState (231806) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468552)

(somewhat OT, but you can't or shouldn't move your work email to gmail, so...)

For those of you who want powerful search of your 10000s of messages locked up in a work exchange server, try Lookout soft [lookoutsoft.com] . I've used it with about 12000 messages on the exchange server and local outlook folders, and never had a search take more than 0.2 seconds. Still free while in beta mode.

robmalda@gmail.com for sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468561)

This is Zeikfried Tuvai of the GNAA, and I am currently in possession of RobMalda@gmail.com.

I am willing to sell this in return for sexual favours and/or pounds stirling, please e-mail your offers to the above address.

Donate those invites! (3, Informative)

jcull (789506) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468564)

Wil Wheaton [clevernickname] is working on a project to donate Gmail invites to soldiers serving overseas who all have Hotmail which sucks. Go to his weblog entry [wilwheaton.net] for the skinny.

Could someone tell me... (1)

FFFish (7567) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468578)

...what the big deal is? What on earth is Google going to offer me above what my plain ol' POP3/IMAP + Opera/Pegasus/whatever client already offers? What's it going to offer that my freebie Operamail account doesn't offer?

Maybe I'm not one of the cool kids. Seems to me that all my computing is done on my laptop, and having *all* my important mail (ie. the university account, my permanent email address) POP3'd to my laptop is just *perfect*. I can search it six ways to Sunday, it's always here, it's on a secure system, etc.

So... why gmail?

Re:Could someone tell me... (2, Insightful)

Gleapsite (713682) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468707)

Gmail isn't a POP3 killer. Its a Hotmail/Yahoo killer.

Get G-mail (1)

Professor Cool Linux (759581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468589)

E-mail me at teetek225 at yahoo dot com
while invites last....

Re:Get G-mail (1)

Professor Cool Linux (759581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468706)

Im fresh out...
don't cry though i will have more in a few days...

my box is getting /.'ed good thing yahoo gave me 100MB ;)

Google and third parties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468593)

The question that remains, however, is whether Google will work with or against third party developers in GMail's future.

Considering that Google's developed APIs [google.com] to access their bread-and-butter search engine programatically, they will probably offer something similar for Gmail. In my mind, the free email services don't make much money from users accessing their stuff from home (where they usually have ad-blockers installed), but when they access it from a public computer where they will definitely see the ads.

-hadohk

Advantage: Fast (2, Informative)

jvagner (104817) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468599)

The interface is really fast. A lot of functions don't require real page re-loads.

I do need to check POP mail (IMAP would be grand), but I realize they're probably holding off on that until the real release.

I'm glad someone values keyboard commands again.

opera (0)

Kallahar (227430) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468609)

I got an account, but it's pretty much useless to me. For some strange reason the site doesn't work at all with Opera. They had some weird javascript with their buttons that made it not work. A big departure from the normal Google design methodology.

IMAP (1)

augustz (18082) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468617)

Would happily pay $20/year or so for IMAP access to my account.

My GMail Experiences (1)

FosterSJC (466265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468624)

Just got my GMail account yesterday. Had already sent off an email to my contacts telling them my exclusive new email address. Then I found out GMail doesn't support the Opera browser (or vice versa) yet. Bummer, I love Opera like I love my family. So I download this Pop Goes The GMail program, and it is sorely disappointing. I haven't checked it with other clients, but it doesn't seem to function well at all with Opera's mail client. Hotmail Popper was fantastic in it's compatability and reliability. So I will wait patiently for Opera to play nicely with GMail. In the mean time, I've got to use IE. I am however thinking of having my work email forwarded to my GMail account for it's search abilities alone.

BTW, if anyone has any potential solutions to my problems, let me know! If you can help me, who knows, maybe you might get a Gmail account ;-)

Meh. (-1, Flamebait)

superdude72 (322167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468628)

A friend sent me an invite, and I registered, but I haven't used the account. Not sure what the big deal is supposed to be. OK, it's searchable. Why can't everyone just ssh to their mail servers and grep the spool? Is the average user this clueless? If they don't have an ssh client installed, then they're just beyond hopeless as far as I'm concerned. They don't deserve to get their e-mail.

Invitations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468636)

How do the giving out of invitations work from Google to account holders? I recently got an account and hear about others who get more every few days. I have yet to get any and it has been about 4 days now.

It's a neat idea but... (2, Informative)

Axem (713217) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468637)

I see Gmail as a novelty item right now. More of a way for people to brag about their gig of email. My pop3 account holds 15 meg, which is enough since I only give it out to personal friends (and the Dilbert Newsletter ;-)). I use hotmail for registering for services and all the spam goes there. I am muchly content with my non-Gmail services.

Reply-to Feature Tops My List (5, Interesting)

Mean_Nishka (543399) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468642)

What I like most about Gmail is its ability to have a 'reply-to' option in the setup screen. I was using a cranky old IMAP account on my web hosting provider which was proving to be a nuisance (and I had far from a gig of storage!).

Since I am a Treo user, I still valued having the ability to check my account from my phone. But I also really liked the Gmail interface when I was at my desktop. So here's what I did:

I was pleased to see that Google allows you to override the reply-to address, so I immediately changed that to my current email address.

I then deleted my IMAP account and set up a mail forwarding alias that directs any incoming messages to my Gmail account as well as a pop account on the hosting provider's server.

I use the POP account to check mail from my Treo, and it also gets picked up by my Outlook client for permanent archiving.

The best part is I was able to switch my email exclusively to Gmail without anyone noticing the switch. This is top notch stuff.. Google has done something extraordinary here.

When? (3, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468664)

When it will be out of beta? when it will allow non-invite subscriptions? When they will consider "its ready"?

They are making their webmail a playfield like is the domain name ownership one, and if it last months a to have really big webmail mailboxes, ligth webpages, intelligent spam/virus filtering and threaded mail view will be so common than when it will be finally out could be no news.

I even wonder if in the open source webmail market not exist already one that provides a good part of what gmail will give who knows when.

At this moment i would open the registration in gmail, not by invitation, but at will, still leave there the "beta" mark to show that still could be rough edges, but to accaparate the market before is too late. What if i.e. the actual Teoma [teoma.com] come out around the same time google started? still google would be the #1?

Well, anyway, i could be wrong, not tested yet so i can't say how hard or easy could be duplicated with advantages, but so far for non-users is almost vapourware.

Exporting from GMail with Python (2, Interesting)

holovaty (678950) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468683)

I've been experimenting with a Python interface to Gmail. Just released version 0.1 [holovaty.com] today. Hope it's helpful to someone.

I have an invite. (1)

Raven42rac (448205) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468688)

I have one invite. First one to respond to this post gets it. I can queue up the others for when I get more, if they are willing to wait.

The invites are also available in some (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9468689)

journals...

http://slashdot.org/~neverkevin/journal/

Any one have a script? (1)

stecoop (759508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468690)

Gmail Machine makes you hit refresh until the number 1337 commes up. Anyone have a refresh perl script to do this until it captures the string? Looks like nothing complicated; I may try and do it unless someone else has one already built.

gmail inivte request (0, Redundant)

Wise Dragon (71071) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468698)

Would someone mind sending me an invite? Remove the dashes from my current email: m-p-a-r-r-i-s-h@e-m-a-i-l.com

Thanks!

-WiseDragon (Slashdot user 71071)

Oh, the humanity. (1)

LazloToth (623604) | more than 10 years ago | (#9468713)


My god, this is pathetic. This non-event is like, say, the announcement that Britney Spears is coming to town, with the Spice Girls opening. Do you REALLY want your friends to know you were there? Or are your friends, in fact, WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO? Man, I've aged out . . . .
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