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I haven't checked my Gmail in a while.

 3:29 pm on Feb 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Two questions for you guys here:

1. Do you use your Gmail account a lot, or is it kind of a tired old fad now?

2. When the heck did they start giving so many invites? How can there be rumors of Gmail stopping when they are handing out 50 invites apiece?


Tropical Island

 4:34 pm on Feb 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

We have 3 Gmail accounts tied to three different websites.

The main one we have auto check on and are in it most of the day, the second account we check 5 times a day and the third account twice a day.

It is now an essential part of our business and saves us hours of time every week in handling SPAM and viruses.

The 50 e-mails has been around since last week. Scroll down and have a look at some of the other threads in this forum.


 4:10 pm on Feb 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have about 5 email addys that I forward to gmail. I filter them into appropriate labels and gmail does a great job of nuking spam. It's just convenient to check my mail all in one place and gmail notifier takes away the inconvenience of having to regularly login. However the search function is the main attraction. No messing about with folders.

As for ads and privacy, I'm ad blind by now and I don't yet buy into the 'google is reading my mail' furore. If I did I'd be worried about the whole concept of email full stop. Who knows how many routers/servers etc your mail goes through to get to its destination normally and how many opportunities there could be for it to be read/diverted/copied?


 5:21 pm on Feb 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use Gmail as my only email client. I stopped using Thunderbird completely, and forward my business mail to Gmail. It's definitely saving me a lot of time every day too.


 11:22 pm on Feb 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use it non-stop. If I'm online then Gmail is open. I haven't used anything else for so long it's not funny.


 11:32 pm on Feb 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I stopped using Thunderbird completely, and forward my business mail to Gmail.

A simple-minded technical question: Do you use (say) joe@gmail.com for business purposes, or do you still publish joe@mycompany.com as your public address? If you publish joe@mycompany.com to the public, aren't you using some email client that will insert "joe@mycompany.com" as your apparent address on outgoing mail? (Or do you consider it OK for the public to see that your messages are actually coming from joe@gmail.com?)

Tropical Island

 12:38 am on Feb 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

We use our "joe@mycompany.com" e-mail on the website and then forward it to Gmail.

In Gmail we show the "joe@mycompany.com" as the return address althougth the Gmail address also shows up if you check source.

As an e-mail back-up we post the Gmail address in smaller type under the main e-mail by saying"if you have trouble with our main e-mail address please try "joe@gmail.com".

As sometimes can happen your main e-mail address can be blocked by mail servers still using old technology that can't tell spoofed e-mail addresses from real ones.


 4:31 am on Feb 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

In Gmail we show the "joe@mycompany.com" as the return address althougth the Gmail address also shows up if you check source.

In my limited experience with Gmail, I thought it always put joe@gmail.com in the FROM: field, and that the only place you could put joe@mycompany.com would be in the REPLY TO: field. This means recipients will always see that your mail is coming from Gmail, even though their replies will correctly go to joe@mycompany.com. Is this interpretation correct? To make the FROM: field contain joe@mycompany.com, don't you have to use some other email client? (I'm not an email tech guru, obviously.)


 10:09 am on Feb 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Use it all day and would find life much slower without it

Pop mail for a free service like this is a godsend.


 11:33 am on Feb 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have all of my mail forwarded to my gmail account, saves a huge amount of time with their labelling/filtering and spam checking. I use firefox so I keep gmail open in a tab at all times and it updates quickly when new mail comes in.

I don't think I could ever go back to any of the other webmail solutions - tried horde with my own IMAP server for a while but gmail's speed and search puts everything else to shame.



 7:42 pm on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've got another thread where I explained how I dumped everything for Gmail. I do set the reply address as myname@myurl.com, so when people reply, it looks like my professional email. Experts will notice it's actually coming from gmail.com but I haven't had any complaints.

I've begged Gmail to let me change it so it looks like it's coming from my myurl.com, but no response so far. You should all do the same.

Mr Bo Jangles

 9:33 pm on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Two things I've done are:
1) to set up my Thunderbird e-mail client to *automatically* send a BCC copy of every outgoing e-mail to a gmail account. This is my outgoing mail backup (and with good search facility).
2) set mail forwarders from my main web site to also send to a gmail account for safety - this has saved me twice now when my ISP mail servers have been out of action for hours at a stretch - as soon as I realise things have gone quiet, I check the gmail accounts and get back to business.


 2:38 am on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

I like gmails archiving, I can see those old messages for refrence.

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