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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?
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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. :)
So, if you're thinking of doing this. Take the plunge it's well worth it.
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.