I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I just don’t get the fuss and hype surrounding GMail. Honestly, while it does have some cool features, it just does not work for me. But that being said, I have 6 more invites to give away. So, if you are one of the few remaining carbon-based life forms without a GMail account, let me know.

18 thoughts

  1. Lots of reasons, but two primarily …
    * I need my mail with me, I spend lots of time disconnected, and answer the bulk of my mail on planes and other places where I can’t necessarily get online. Web based mail is too tethered for anyone who lives on the road.
    * I have my own domain, lots of addresses, all sorts of mail processing rules … 3rd party web based mail systems don’t give me the control I need.

  2. Just for the record, they offer free POP3 access.
    I don’t know how well their filtering features work, but you can set up custom filters.
    Just my $.02 🙂

  3. I agree with respect to business and personal mail. But I’ve found it to be a great place to receive, store and search all the various CF-oriented mailing lists I subscribe to.

  4. N, I am aware of that. But the primary appeal of GMail is the sorting and management of mail, which does nothing for me if I use POP to pull the mail locally.
    Ken, I can see that, and know of several users who use GMail for just that purpose. But, alas, that too would not work for me, I rely far too much on offline access.

  5. I wouldn’t mind giving GMail a go. I’ll promise to buy another copy of ‘Teach yourself SQL in 10 Minutes’. (I lost my first copy in the last office move.)

  6. I’ve been reluctant to set up a Gmail account, simply because I already have about 10 email accounts I need to monitor throughout the day!
    But I guess I should check out what the fuss is all about, so Ben, if you still have an invite, feel free to send it my way!

  7. I have been curious as to what all the hype is about with respect to the interface since Google paid I think somewhere in the vacinity of $28 Million to the original developers of the app. I haven’t been able to grab an invite yet so if you still have any available, I would like to have one very much please.
    Thanks much!

  8. Michael, Damon, Gus, Donnie – you guys took my last 4, enjoy.
    Ross, I am out for now, sorry. But check with Sean Corfield, I think he has some left.

  9. uh oh…Get ready for the "mine’s better than yours rant…"
    I have resisted the "urge" to get a GMail account…I personally just don’t need another email account. One or two of the features of Gmail are actually kinda nice, but none make me feel the need to beg for an invite. And only one isn’t available to me now.
    Which BTW is a REALLY REALLY good marketing ploy. Generate a buzz by making it "by invitation only"…the velvet rope effect. Very effective. I know: "As we’re in a testing period,…" Maybe it wasn’t MEANT to be a marketing ploy…but it sure worked. as this is reply 13 to a Gmail blog entry. 🙂

  10. One thing that never gets mentioned about Gmail is that the interface is SOOO nice, quick and easy to use. OK, it’s got a gig of storage and has a unique searching facility that makes finding emails easy peasy. But checking your email online has never been easier or quicker with Gmail.
    (I am not employed by Google, BTW, I am just unnervingly enthusiastic.)

  11. Coming in late here but a couple of good reasons to use gmail –
    – responsive interface. Using hotmail its was very annoying selecting all the mail you want to delete and then having to wait for the screen to refresh after deleting
    – short cut keys. Few web applications actually use shortcut keys, but being able to scroll up down, select, read and delete emails with a handful of shortcut keys is invaluable for those of us who suffer from wrist ailments.

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