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Wow, yes! Thanks for the hint, I haven't logged into that for quite some time - would have missed that.
Got my GMail account now and I love it!
Was sceptical before but hey, it's cool!
Well to be true it is not that Google reinvented EMail but the layout is nice. I still have to get used to the idea of abandoning folders and using flags instead.
Has anyone seen any ads other than EMail service related ones so far?
In fact I was going to ask for some hints. It would seem since they are late in the field they would have easy import features for address lists and filter lists. Does anyone know if these features are there and I am just not seeing them? Cheers, S
A few folks here and via my blog have contacted me, asking me how I got a Gmail account. I thought this'd be a good opportunity to offer what I know and hopefully enable more WW'ers to get their own accounts. I think being able to actually TRY Gmail really can contribute to the thoughtfulness of conversations here, since it's quite hard to understand some of the nuances of Gmail just by reading commentary.
So, without further ado, here are some suggestions for getting Gmail accounts:
1) Log into your blogger.com [blogger.com] account.
This won't work with newly (last week or two) established accounts, nor accounts established ages ago, but... if you have been an 'active' (defined by Google) Blogger via blogger.com, you may find a Gmail invitation displayed on the screen when you log in to your account and/or after you post an entry. I've read of invites going out as recently as this morning in this context.
2) Log into your Google Translator account [services.google.com].
If you've been an active contributor to Google translations ("Google in your language"), you may find an invite in your account.
3) Log into your Google Answers account [answers.google.com].
If you have been an active researcher, helping find answers for folks for a fee, this is another possibility for getting an account.
4) Publicly demonstrate a keen interest in and awareness of Gmail
I was invited to Gmail by a Google acquaintance who saw my Gmail-related postings on orkut.com. I've heard of others being spontaneously offered accounts by Googlers impressed with their blog commentary.
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Are you aware of other ways to get a Gmail account? Feel free to share here :)
Hope this list is helpful!
There were also other blogs giving them away. So searching for gmail invite on daypop on a regular basis might get you somewhere ( or not ). No sign of them on ebay yet.
I've been thinking about putting my second invite on eBay. But that seems wrong. :-}
Show search options ¦ Create a filter ¦ Invite a friend to Gmail!
If you don't see the invite link next to "create a filter", you can't invite anyone.
I would like to know if GMail allows attachments and their maximum size (e.g., 100Mb) and if it has a software implemented in order to scan messages for malicious e-mail worms.
So, basically, if GMail allows large-size attachments and if it operates faster than Yahoo (which I seriously doubt), Google is on the right track towards the e-mail users' Internet segment. However, some parts of GMail might be implemented from Google's help service software (a while ago they bought a software company focused on providing e-mail assistance software, currently used by their Google Accounts employees).
1) Gmail has a limit of 10 megs per incoming or outgoing e-mail, attachment(s) included.
In fairness, Yahoo! Mail does offer a number of advantages over Gmail at this time:
- Support for creation of HTML e-mail
- Integration with a calendar, sync'able addressbook, etc.
- As of yet better spam filtering
I think Gmail will catch up, but as you can see, it's not yet perfect :)
- the small size of the attachment allowed (10Mb), which seems disproportionate in correlation with the 1024Mb quota a GMail account has;
- the lack of antivirus scanner to prevent e-mail worms;
- the lack of anti-spamming software.
This Java integration is a fragile compromise, since Opera has problems displaying it. I am still curious if GMail can be accessed via lynx or konqueror or any X-Window related browser.
And I suppose GMail is not a POP3 client, view that it has a large quota.
So the overall impression is that GMail is extremly restrictive, not only because you can get such type of e-mail account via an on-line invitation, but also because there are a few browsers it accepts. What will happen to *nix users? I personally belive that GMail is only related (at this moment) to Microsoft users that have updated their IExplore browsers (should they use Win2k or older).
And I wonder if the use of Java inside GMail was the result of Microsoft-Sun agreement a few weeks ago.