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5:00 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I run a news site with my own domain. My email is a standard info@ address, but I'm really tempted to forward everything to my gmail account. There are a bunch of advantages: running everything in the browser so I can check my email anywhere, much better virus/SPAM blocking than anything else I've seen, etc.

The only downside is that it might seem a little unprofessional, but then, Gmail is as legitimate an email system as you can find.

Anyone done this?

5:04 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Anyone done this?

No, not keen on the idea of Google reading my email.

5:38 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We have now forwarded all of our existing e-mail addresses to our Gmail accounts.

They do a fabulous job of SPAM filtering and eliminating viruses. As we receive upwards of 1000 e-mails daily they are saving me a bunch of time.

We created one new address to receive new inquiries from our sites however after the spam & virus build-up gets too much we will forwrd that address and create a new one.

If Gmail had basic text formating we would switch everything to them.

If Google wants to take the time to read my mail then so be it - I just can't imagine of what use it would be to them. But then I'm not into conspiracy theories.

5:41 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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fabulous job of SPAM filtering

Yup. And on phishing too :)

5:43 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Its not professional to use free email services no matter how good they are: your customers will reflect your email address on you.
5:57 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, I'm thinking I could still make my reply-to address my professional email. My professional email address would appear on my website and in all my publicity. It would then all get forwarded to gmail and then I could reply from that interface. I guess in my perfect world I'd have the gmail client be my regular mail and not actually a gmail address. At the end of the day, gmail makes its money by showing me ads, so who cares what the address is?
6:00 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Its not professional to use free email services no matter how good they are: your customers will reflect your email address on you.

They wouldn't know. They would be sending mail to name@domain.com, that message gets forwarded to GMail, and when the GMail account owner replies he would probably set the reply-to back to his @domain.com account. The sender/recipient would never know GMail middle-maneed the message.

Personally I think it's a great idea. I find myself using GMail more than anything else lately, especially since that notifier came out. With that thing running in the tray it doesn't "feel" like a web-based mail client like others where you have to periodically check throughout the day.

6:32 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>The sender/recipient would never know GMail middle-maneed the message.

Not entirely true. The 'reply to' external address works, but unfortunately your g-mail address shows up in their 'From' header. Let us change that Google; we do look at the ads you know? :)

I've been forwarding all my accounts to g-mail for several months and it's been extremely reliable and gobbles the spam, and I must say I've grown fond of it. I just paste into Outlook when I need a professional 'From' header.

3:01 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No, not keen on the idea of Google reading my email.

I really don't want them having access to my personal e-mail either, but I don't consider chain letters and such from friends as personal mail. I'd much rather have them sit on Google's server than my e-mail box, anyway.

Plus, I really don't mind letting them parse my chain letters and serve me ads for "urban legends". =)

I do like the interface, though. I'd much rather login to Gmail than Y! or Hotmail. Any day of the week.

1:01 pm on Nov 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've been doing this for a while, forwarding the professional looking email to my Gmail account.

Especially with the pop3 forwarding, I just forward the gmail de-spammed, de-virused email to another address I have which I pick up using Outlook.

I can then simply just change the sender address when I need to.

Nice one Google. :)

9:56 pm on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Okay, I've taken the leap and started forwarding all my mail to Gmail. We'll see how this goes. :-) I know I'm going to run out of filters, though.
5:52 pm on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just to give people a followup on this. I've been running all my business email through Gmail for about a week now, and I can't believe how well it's working. The SPAM filter is flawless (I get about 500 SPAM messages a day), the interface has become really comfortable for me now that I understand how to work with it. The reply address is still my professional email address, so people seem to be replying properly and it gets routed back to my Gmail. I wish I'd done this months ago.

So, if you're thinking of doing this. Take the plunge it's well worth it.

9:40 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering...

Say, if I added a business email that forwards everything to Gmail and then use Gmail to forward everything back to my 2nd business email address. Will Gmail filter out my SPAM for me?

This way, I can access my business emails in Gmail anywhere and have a final copy in my 2nd business email box.

7:08 pm on Dec 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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it sure will. cool huh?
7:47 pm on Dec 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Any news on when GMail is going public? Some of us still don't have access to it yet, alas.
8:14 pm on Dec 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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rjohara, check your sticky mail.
6:57 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Another update. I'm at a month now, and I still feel that this was one of the best things I've done in a while. Using Gmail as my only email client has made me more productive. The fact that my email is accessible anywhere, backed up, etc is just a handy bonus. Microsoft... are you reading this? A web-based application is better and more efficient than a Windows application.
11:04 pm on Jan 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Microsoft... are you reading this? A web-based application is better and more efficient than a Windows application. "

Hellooooo Longhorn. :P

9:26 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow this works well good. I wish I knew about this ages ago.
9:43 pm on Mar 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Gmail's security isnt that good. I would reccomend using it on a business site.Expecially with credit card #s, and other secure things you wouldent want google reading.
 

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