Gpers creepers

I have no experience with Google’s Gmail; I figure I have more than enough email addresses already, and if Microsoft hadn’t killed Outlook Express access to Hotmail, or whatever the hell it’s called now, I’d have everything nice and neat in a single package. (Well, except for AOL, but they’re fundamentally incompatible with “nice” and/or “neat” anyway.)

So for a review, I turn to Cajun Boy in the City, who reports: “it sucks.” And furthermore:

seriously, it does. can someone please explain to me why my inbox is filled with, at least a dozen per day if i had to venture a guess, solicitations from attorneys representing african philanthropists wishing to endow me with their fortunes along with the standard ads whose subject lines read “GET HARD 2NITE,” “add three inches of girth” and “are you lonely tonight?” meanwhile, many of the emails that are coming from actual people, people that i know personally or people that are writing to me about something regarding this blog, are getting routed to my “trash” folder? what’s ever more perplexing about this is that many of the emails that are being misrouted are emails that originate from other gmail accounts!!!

Google applications tend to be either splendiferous (Maps, Earth) or execrable (Groups); hardly anyone seems to report any middle ground.


  1. Erica »

    3 October 2007 · 10:39 am

    Really? I’ve never had any problems like that. I think gmail’s spam filter does a pretty good job (considering the crazy uptick in spam I’ve gotten lately, which it has neatly filed away). Very rarely do I get the false positive.

    I have it pull in my domain-associated emails as well with no problems.

    I have heard that using the Google Apps version, in which you can map your own domains to a gmail account, is not nearly as good.

  2. CGHill »

    3 October 2007 · 11:23 am

    Actually, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Gmail; but the few bad things I’ve heard have been spectacularly so. Maybe there’ve been some blatant instances of operator error along the way. But I’m not persuaded that it’s always such.

    Perhaps we’ll hear from some more Gmail fans.

  3. trumwill »

    3 October 2007 · 12:21 pm

    I left Yahoo Mail in large part because of its failure to block spam. On GMail, though, I get something maybe once every couple weeks. I got one the other day and it hit me that I haven’t recieved a single piece of spam in months. There was a rough patch about a year and a half ago when I would get a spam once every couple of days (all directed towards “creating logos” and graphic designing stuff, curiously enough), but it went away.

    You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to Yahoo. Well, okay, you could if you hired me an assistent to personally screen my email.

  4. Andrea Harris »

    3 October 2007 · 2:26 pm

    I haven’t had any trouble with Gmail except occasional loading problems.

  5. Jeffro »

    3 October 2007 · 8:55 pm

    I also rarely get spam in my inbox. The account draws a lot of spam, but I rarely see it.

    Gmail doesn’t have antivirus capability. That’s my main complaint about the service, but the spam that has attachments certainly isn’t going to get opened by me.

  6. GradualDazzle »

    3 October 2007 · 9:41 pm

    I almost never receive spam in my regular inbox; perhaps one every few days. There are hundreds and hundreds per day that get shuffled immediately into my spam box, but who cares about that? I have had the occasional serious gripe about Gmail (their procedure for recovering a lost password is absolutely ridiculous), but for the most part, I’ve been quite happy with it.

    My Yahoo inbox, OTOH, is daily filled with spam, and the interface is clunky and outdated. Gmail is much more interactive and gives me way more options.

  7. trumwill »

    3 October 2007 · 10:00 pm

    My Yahoo inbox, OTOH, is daily filled with spam, and the interface is clunky and outdated.

    Have you seen their “beta” email interface? It looks a whole lot better. If it weren’t for their crappy spam service, lack of POP and even forwarding, and a host of other reasons I might give them a shot.

  8. Dan B »

    3 October 2007 · 10:12 pm

    All I can do is contribute to the praises of Gmail. I have just about everyone in the office converted off of Yahoo. Yes, an occasional SPAM get thru to the inbox, as opposed to the 50-75 that correctly end up in the SPAM folder.

  9. Rena »

    3 October 2007 · 11:41 pm

    Add me to the pro-Gmail group. I used Yahoo for years, and I paid for the premium version. Then earlier this year, despite being a paying customer, the display ad situation went out of control.

    I also think the Yahoo interface is clunky, the old one and the new one. Gmail Contacts is not as good though, pretty primitive in fact.

    There is a place where you can vote for what features you want added or improved. Unlike Yahoo, someone actually seems to read this input.

  10. Ted »

    4 October 2007 · 5:22 am

    I’m a Gmail fan. I also use Excite, and my inbox over there is overflowing with spam. Plus, unless I fork up some bucks for “premium” service I’m not allowed to block any more than the few I’ve already done. Mostly, I use it now for when a site requires an email address and I’d really rather not give it to them.

    As for additional features, my daughters in college both use the Google documents to store papers online. Internet access is universal on campus and you don’t have to worry about losing a thumb drive or diskette. I’ve bumped into their upper limit for size of a spreadsheet, but other than that it’s seems to work well.

  11. ms7168 »

    4 October 2007 · 8:45 am

    I love it too. I post it just about everywhere except for sites which have a problem with the username being the same as the email name.
    The real plus for me was when they started free POP delivery. It has an odd setup that must be followed in order for it to work but besides that it will fall into your one neat package :)

  12. trumwill »

    4 October 2007 · 9:42 am

    Then earlier this year, despite being a paying customer, the display ad situation went out of control.

    Other than the spam, what did me in on Yahoo Mail was when I was a subscribing customer and I was still forced to get their constant sales pitch. Almost any other time when there is a free and subscriber version, part of the point of subscribing is that you’re no longer barraged with ads.

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