Speaking of G-Mail --
I have 4 invites if anyone's interested...
Steve Cavrak wrote:
> The Sales Pitch of a Gmail Junkie
> Todd Thacker (internews)
> 2004-09-07 18:03
> ©2004 OhmyNews
> I use and I hawk. My Gmail experience is the equivalent of being a
> pusher and addict.
> [Screen shot: A screen shot of the Gmail interface]
> Being a Gmail user is a genuine rush.
> It's like Christmas, handing out exclusive invitations and making
> people's day. That's what it was like for me too, all those months ago.
> Seems like yesterday.
> At the height of summer there was a long, dark, dry spell when no one
> had any more invites. Weeks went by without a fix. Friends pestered me,
> protested. All I could do was throw up my hands.
> But the invites are flowing again, six new ones sitting here in my
> account, just waiting for takers.
> [Screen shot: Google launched its test, 1-gigabyte Web mail service on
> April 1. Some thought it was an April Fool's joke. It wasn't.]
> The heady days just after the launch saw the eBay market bearing an
> asking price of $100 for an invite. Some questioned the sanity of
> buyers willing to fork over a Ben Franklin for a theoretically free,
> technically beta service.
> Sobriety brought the price rapidly back to earth, plummeting to $20,
> then $5 and below.
> On June 28, Google took action against this peddling of its much-lauded
> service and revised its user agreement to prohibit such
> entrepreneurship. And as of this writing, it is actively canceling
> accounts that are purchased online.
> Free Web mail services are a plentiful and a couple, namely Yahoo! Mail
> and Hotmail are so well established, so entrenched, that many people
> wouldn't dream of giving their good old email addresses up, even with
> the hard to remember appellations (like jfs2948@) or the torrent of
> spam from the repeated "harvestings" over the years
> Yet besides the obvious benefit of being able to keep all your email in
> one off-site place that is accessible anywhere, you needn't actually
> log in for up to nine months before your account is "recycled." Yahoo!
> forsakes you after three months, and a Hotmail address disappears into
> the ether after just 30 days.
> If there was ever a time to change, now is a good one. Here's what the
> fuss is all about.
> With an invite, you (nearly always) get first dibs on an address of
> your choice. Second, Gmail gives you so much space, that you never have
> to delete another email. You archive everything and rely on the fast,
> efficient search function.
> There are unlimited filters, decent spam protection which is bound to
> improve over time, and a message display system (not unique, as some
> have pointed out) that arranges your correspondence into
> "conversations," a simple, brilliant way to read and write your
> increasing load of email.
> Conversations actually make writing email seem like a pleasure. It is
> far and away the most human-friendly way to read and (automatically)
> organize your emails. You have to see it to believe it.
> [Screen shot: "Conversations" make reading and writing emails a
> Then there's the cachet and feel-good nature of the Google brand. A
> simple service. An ultra-simple search engine interface. All the best
> stuff is underneath, hidden from view, as it should.
> "Don't be evil" is Google's motto and in this, the profits they derive
> from such a Web mail service will be innocuous and highly directed
> adverts set to the right hand side (or possibly at the bottom) of the
> email message.
> Sure, the system scans the contents of every email for keyword
> associations to the ads, but though much has been made of the privacy
> implications, the consensus among non-tinfoil-hat-wearing netizens is
> that this is a non-issue.
> To wit:
> The contents of your Gmail account also are stored and maintained
> on Google servers in order to provide the service. Google's computers
> process the information in your email for various purposes, including
> formatting and displaying the information to you, delivering targeted
> related information (such as advertisements and related links),
> preventing unsolicited bulk email (spam), backing up your email, and
> other purposes relating to offering you Gmail. Because we keep back-up
> copies of data for the purposes of recovery from errors or system
> failure, residual copies of email may remain on our systems for some
> time, even after you have deleted messages from your mailbox or after
> the termination of your account. Google employees do not access the
> content of any mailboxes unless you specifically request them to do so
> or if required by law, to maintain our system, or to protect Google or
> the public.
> Let's face it, email is no more "secure" than a postcard in the mail.
> Google's bulletproof reputation is pretty much a guarantee that it'll
> be around for years to come. Some say it could all be a beta-like
> experiment which the company might drop like a stone if its new IPO
> shareholder task-masters object. But how likely is that?
> Sure, there are downsides. The contact list is as yet primitive. Few
> browsers are supported and if you use Mac OS9 you're outta luck. There
> is no html, no save draft, no POP3. But they're working on it.
> Google actively takes to heart the suggestions of users and is morphing
> into a Web mail service in a class by itself.
> For now, if you don't have a Gmail-connected friend, you're unlikely to
> get an account. But Google, in its business-savvy omniscience, has
> opened the tap to more invites, stringing us junkies along, and
> promoting a life-long habit.
> Join the Club
> I'm not the only junkie.
> People are setting up blogs exclusively about Gmail and their love for
> it, including a MaritimeGirl in New Brunswick, Canada.
> But most blogs, like Gmail Gems and Gmail Experience basically came and
> went within a month.
> Programmer Mark Lyon went out of his way to "extend" Gmail by
> developing Gmail loader, a small application that reads your existing
> mail and forwards them to Gmail for the convenience of a backup or
> There are many, many other Gmail utilities on offer as well, to notify
> you of new Gmail, access Gmail using POP3 or SMTP access, and more.
> One useful (and moderated) Gmail discussion group is at Google's beta
> Groups page.
> / T.Thacker
> If you'd like a Gmail invitation, I have six on a first-come,
> first-served basis. Send a suggestion for a news story in your
> neighborhood to ohmynews at gmail.com.
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