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Old 07-26-2004, 04:37 PM   #16
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Luckly, I got an invite from a friend right before they stopped giving out invites. I really like gmail so far, I think its really innovative and it has a nice interface. The conversation style aspect of it is pretty sweet too.

As for those who are paranoid about the fact that its free, does that mean that you don't trust Yahoo or Hotmail or any other free e-mail account either? I don't see why you would worry about free e-mail, its nothing new. Although 1000MB of storage is pretty sweet

For those worried about security, I'll just say I'm not. Think of how many gmail accounts there are. Now think about how many google staff there are. Do you seriously think that people at Google are going to be digging thru everyone's mailbox out of their own personal curiosity? Of course not! And even if they were the chances that they pick to look at you out of the thousands of other accounts are slim. In fact I thought I read in their TOS that no actual people look at the contents of your inbox. They just have software that parses your e-mail and brings up relevant advertisements (I actually found a couple good sites this way).

All in all, so far my gmail experience has been great. I have zero complaints about the service.
Old 07-26-2004, 05:09 PM   #17
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I stopped using my accounts, sent them a message that they could give the space to someone else. I've also switched to Teoma for a search engine, which is pretty good.

It's not so much a loss of privacy issue, or the cookies that expire in 2038, neither of which pleases me, but. it has more to do with their hiring practices and preferences.

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Old 07-29-2004, 01:53 AM   #18
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First, anyone with Gmail using Linux - get FreePOPs ( ). POP3-scrapes Gmail, so then you can get alerts and such easily when you get new mail. It also works with the archiving on Gmail. And, of course, Firefox has a Gmail-checking extension as well. duh.

I'm using Gmail and love it. I think it's a more sophisticated method of using e-mail (better than e.g. IMAP). The conversation-tracking feature, especially, is really nice (especially how it then hides all those thousands of annoying "> > >" reply lines). Great for all the chain jokes and stuff that everyone always sends around. I agree, the address book could use a little work, but then again, how many features do you need for an e-mail address book? You're not gonna be using it (for most people) to look up people's snail-mail addresses and such.

Privacy - you know how many bots are out there scanning everything on the internet and 'reading' it. It's the exact same thing with Gmail. A computer scans your e-mail for keywords and gives you non-obtrusive ads based on it. And why is everyone so worried about Google getting data from your e-mails? They'd find out more about you from all the searches that you do on Google, as well as the page referral info passed on by your browser. And let's not leave out the Google Toolbar for IE - that thing reads what every single webpage that you look at is in order to look it up for its pagerank to display. Personally, I find Yahoo's method of putting adds at the end of every single e-mail you send to be a much worse invasion of privacy. And Google tells you exactly what it's going to be doing in all the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. They aren't hiding anything.
Old 07-29-2004, 05:18 AM   #19
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Originally posted by nuka_t
TBH, i dont care about the whole privacy thing. who gives a shit is someone i dont know reads my email? its not like my life is so deep that people actualy read my personal mail. if i were to plan a terrorist attack or summat, id create my own mailserver with encryption. gmail is great, much better than any competitor.

also, chinaman, you will have a pretty hard time getting invites, google has stoppped giving them to people so they are pretty scarce now.
Considering that this is the average person's perception of "privacy", a 1984 style world wouldn't be too far.
Old 08-20-2004, 06:06 PM   #20
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someone should create fmail (free mail) which could have all of gmails cool features but is an opensource webmail thingy, alternative to squirelmail kind of thing.


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