“Gmail”:http://gmail.google.com/gmail is the cat’s pajama’s. All other webmail applications might as well just pack up and go home now. I have a fast computer, yet Gmail has faster response times than both Outlook and Opera 7.5b1! Opera does a lot more than Gmail, but just the fact that Gmail runs so fast is staggering. I think we’re finally getting to the point where the Network is the computer, and pcs are just access points.
Services like Gmail also help to bridge the ‘digital divide’, as everyone can now have a sort of permanant email address. (It expires in after 90 days of inactivity).
Technically speaking, “Fastmail”:http://fastmail.fm offers a bunch of features which Gmail doesn’t have, but only the basic service is free. So it too is left in the dust. I’m looking forward to see what Microsoft, Yahoo etc. do with their email services now… currently they’re all the equivalent of digital slums – I feel sorry for people who use them as their primary email accounts.
For more information and screenshots, “Shellen.com has a roundup of reviews on Google”:http://www.shellen.com/jason/archives/2004_04_01_default.asp#108155076336778542 and there’s always “Feedster”:http://feedster.com/search.php?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=gmail&btnG=Search&sort=date.
In other google news, “this is really interesting”:http://www.google.com/googleblog/ – “via plasticbag.org”:http://www.plasticbag.org/. _this being the new google weblog_
*June 16 2004*: Gmail’s stepping up the invites – they’ve handed out quite a lot now. Must be approaching the final stages of the beta.
bq. It’s worth pointing out that the one gig limit in Gmail is a nice marketing device, but it’s the user interface that sets Gmail apart from other webmail packages. As I may have said before, I can get to my personal mailbox at pair.com using SquirrelMail. I’ve also used Yahoo Mail for a long time. Neither can compare in any way, shape, or form to Gmail, which is probably the most advanced Web life form I’ve ever encountered. I’ve gotten to where I barely read my personal mail at all now unless I can use a desktop client because SquirrelMail is so painful to use after having enjoyed Gmail. People always talk about the gig of mail and the ads when discussing Gmail, but it’s the interface that’s the story. For what it’s worth, my brain has completely blocked out the Gmail ads at this point, it’s as though there were no ads at all.
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