g-mailto and g-mailit

Some nice bookmarklets over at sippey.com to let you initiate clean new GMail messages as well as messages which include a subject and url based on what page you are currently browsing.


gCount is a menubar item that will display the number of unread messages in the inbox of your Gmail account… makes webmail more useful! [MacMegaSite]

Gmail Loader

TheGmail Loader will Import Your Mbox or Maildir Files into GMail. Caters to Windows users, but there is a Linux Version with Python Source code available as well. Hopefully that means that there will be an OS X version soon…

eMail2Pop for Gmail and AOL

Windows only…you can of course use your regular email software setup for IMAP for AOL, but this is a nice additional option for Gmail… hopefully the Gmail will support client software interaction soon after launch.

POP3 and SMTP access to AOL Mail and Gmail accounts. eMail2Pop converts AOL and Gmail mail into a standard mail format. This means that users can retrieve their AOL / Gmail mail from almost any email program (Microsoft Outlook, Eudora mail, Incredimail, etc) instead of using proprietary mail software. [eMail2Pop]

More Gmail…

I’ve got more Gmail invites to give away. 2 of 3 are spoken for… though not given out given the last round. That leaves one more for someone else reading this.

Gmail invites

I’ve finally been given the opportunity to extend Gmail to a few lucky friends…. 2 of 3 have already been spoken for. You want in?

POP Gmail

I guess it was only a matter of time for this to get hacked…Windows only. Google will be officially supporting this in the future, so this is if you just have to have your Gmail in your desktop client… now.

PGtGM runs on the tray of your computer, converting gmail emails from webbased HTML data into POP3 emails that most email clients, such as outlook, OE and Opera can read.

Google’s New Groups

If I was Yahoo, I’d be very nervous. First Gmail and now email groups… In my quick test and review, I’d say it’s very similar to Yahoo Groups, though slicker and without the crass ads you find all over the place. Its close in experience though without the UI of Gmail. Simple and clear which is good… hope it stays that way. I can definitely see moving groups from Yahoo to Google through this…

Called Google Groups 2, the service builds on Google’s archive of more than 845 million Usenet postings and adds the ability for users to create and manage their own public and private mailing lists. It also offers faster indexing of postings for search and features for joining groups and tracking hot topics, Google officials said. [eWeek]

I created a group and am inviting anyone reading this to join… I figure we can carry on a parallel discussion though more directly between readers if you like. Just a test, no feelings hurt if no one is game… we’ll see if it sticks.

Gmail – quick thoughts…

It’s very cool… While you are totally in the browser, it really feels like an application rather than run of the mill webmail with a Google search engine behind it. While I only have a few messages going, the threads or conversations in the parlance of Gmail are easy to deal with and simple to follow. Spellchecker works well, though for some reason Google cannot recognize I’ve as a word. It thinks ‘ve is misspelled… it’s beta after all.

Well – much more digging and playing to do. Looks like a keeper though. I can definitely see using this to pull pop/imap messages through. I’d love to see Gmail work as my webmail for my domain’s mail, taking advantage of the search indexing and remote storage. I know in an interview I read remote IMAP is probably coming, though for now it’s just local Gmail only and only Gmail messages as well – no pulling in of other accounts just yet.

Mossberg on GMail…

I don’t agree with the thinking here…

If you run a virus checker, it scans your messages. If you use email from your employer or school, they can scan your mail (and actually read it too), but GMAil seeks only to find relavent ads to send you based on context. The search is happening in an automated sense courtesy of the Google OS. I agree it might be creepy, but from what I understand of the Gmail UI (no account yet) it’s in a place that is obviously not your message, which will certainly avoid any advertorial issues or “paid inclusion” BS.

I think the key detail in all the Gmail hubbub, is that it’s free. Financially free… anyway. If you choose to use it, you accept the terms. If you don’t want it, there are other options (yahoo, hotmail etc…) who will also conveniently scan your mail…

There’s a catch, however. Google intends to run ads down the side of the e-mail messages in Gmail, just like it does in its search results. And, just as on the search pages, the Gmail ads will be triggered by key words in the body of the text — in this case, the text of your e-mail. So if I get an e-mail that refers to, say, a kind of product, I might get an ad for a store that sells that product.

The problem here isn’t confusion between ads and editorial content. It’s that Google is scanning your private e-mail to locate the key words that generate the ads. This seems like an invasion of privacy. Google notes its scanning will be done by computers, and that these machines can’t understand the e-mails and are just looking for specific terms. And the company notes that nearly every e-mail anybody receives is already scanned by computers looking for spam or viruses.

These are logical points, but the proposed system is still a little creepy, and it has the potential for big problems if the content scanning were ever misused by Google. Google might also be forced to use such content scanning in the service of government subpoenas or court orders that might apply to years’ worth of its customers’ e-mails. [WSJ.com]

Google promises Safari compatibility with GMail

When Internet search engine giant Google launched its free 1GB email service, Gmail on April 1, 2004, they did so without support for Apple Computer Inc.’s Safari Web browser. The browser requirement page on the company’s Web site lists several compatible browsers for the beta of Gmail, but Safari is still not among them. All of that will change before Gmail is available to the public, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. [MacCentral]

Free E-Mail With a Steep Price?

Sure it costs nothing and offers 1 GB of storage, but Google’s newly announced Gmail service gives some privacy advocates the creeps. A program would scan missives for keywords and serve ads based on the content. [Wired News]

Update – 4:28PM

Cnet has similar coverage as well.

I’m not sure the targeted messaging bothers me so much within a free product. It gives Google great incentive to make an already good product (AdWords) better through a crazy amount of text to search (X users x up to a Gig of email). It is after-all a free product, so you would expect some ads. It should be a whole lot nicer than, the banners you get slammed with on Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. My guess is that the ads will be pretty relevant and probably get a pretty good click-through… have to start seeing how people report conversion numbers once the service is live.