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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Gmail's "Limited Availability" message

Noticed this sign out message of Gmail yesterday....
Signed out
Thank you for using Google Accounts. You are now logged out of the following services:

Gmail - free 1000 MB email service (Limited availability)
Hmmm... makes me wonder ...
  • By "Limited availability", are they referring to the "invitations" system of getting new Gmail accounts? Like "Limited availabilty" =? "not available to just anyone" .
  • Will they eventually start charging for "premium" services? - This is what bigfoot started doing many years after I created my first "bigfoot for life" e-mail address. I still get to use it, but only as a forwarder.

I'm more of an optimist about Gmail. But seeing this inserted message during sign out ... makes me start to think they're gearing up for changes that might not be very popular with their growing Gmail user populace.

- Edwin
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8 Comments:

  • At 12:46 pm, Blogger Alvin said…

    saw an article on gmail also...that they tend to 'use' information on your mailbox, or something to that effect...will try to recall the site...

    plus, despite of the big space, you could't delete all ur mails (in ur trash) all at once (tnx Yahoo for doing this)...

    my 2 cents...

     
  • At 2:28 pm, Blogger esteee said…

    regarding the limited availability, i think that they mean that it's not open to everyone, just like you said.

    mine has two entries in my logout screen, one if of gmail and another is of google groups.

    suicide would be the term if they start charging people for their service but honestly, i think i will be willing to be charged for such a great service.

    regarding the scanning of the email messages, yes google has a "bot" that scans the context of the email to display relevant ads on the side. no human interaction and no info regarding the email is saved by the bot. (they say)

    but honestly, the ads have been helpful some times.

    regarding the "empty trash" with one click, you can do it gmail with (3) clicks. first, click on the trash, click "all", click "delete forever".

    having removed the one click link for emptying the trash gives you some security into not deleting emails you don't like to be trashed by going to the trash first.

    i say gmail is so far the best email service i have tried. i do believe they have issues like the latest bug they found, but fixed in a matter of 24 hours.

     
  • At 9:47 am, Blogger Alvin said…

    regarding the "empty trash" with one click, you can do it gmail with (3) clicks. first, click on the trash, click "all", click "delete forever". -estee

    ummm...i think it just deletes the first page (mails 1-50)...so i have like 300 mails, it would not take 3 clicks...

    my 2 cents...

     
  • At 12:48 pm, Blogger esteee said…

    lol. oo nga 'no? hehehehe. pero honestly, magbubura ka pa ba kung 1GB na email mo? ako kasi pinapaabot ko lang na mag 30 days. :D

     
  • At 5:47 pm, Blogger Alvin said…

    yup, estee...lagi ko nililinis inbox/trash ng aking porn-affiliated gmail...hehehe...

    pero we cud set it to 100 mails per page...mas madali magbura...

    then we could use gPopper para mas madali gamitin...

    my 2 cents...

    ka ed, sensya na, pero nde ko balak gawing thread itong topic na ito...amuahhhhhhhhhhh... =)

     
  • At 5:20 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    hey alvin, estee!

    no probs, brothers! feel free to discuss on this blog. In fact, thanks for discussing on this blog!

    binoe (alvin), pwede ka ring gumawa ng filters para yung porn emails mo ay hindi mapupunta sa inbox kundi sa trash bin.

    (sineryoso! dehins ko alam kung joke yun, eh, ka binoe! hahaha!)

    mabu-hey!

    ka edong

     
  • At 11:18 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Here's a link to Gmail's help area:
    How do I delete messages?- Edwin

     
  • At 3:12 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Here's one page that's helpful for both starters and long time users of Gmail:
    Gmail TipsContents:
    Gmail Beta: First Impressions
    How I 'Imported' archived email into Gmail
    Gmail Tip #1: All About Labels
    Gmail Tip #2: 'Check' Your Messages
    Gmail Tip #3: How to Maintain 'Notes'
    Gmail Tip #4: Formatting Your Name
    Gmail Tip #5: The 'Plus' Side of Gmail
    Gmail Tip #6: Define a Signature!
    Gmail Tip #7: Quickly Addressing a Message
    Gmail Tip #8: Working With Lots of Emails
    Gmail Tip #9: New Mail Notification!
    Gmail Tip #10: Some Tips About Conversations
    Gmail Tip #11: Connecting Securely
    Gmail Tip #12: 'Archiving' Explained
    Gmail Tip #13: Some More About Conversations
    Gmail Tip #14: What Happens To Sent Messages?
    Gmail Tip #15: New feature - Highlighting on/off!
    Gmail Tip #16: New feature - View or Download for attached images
    Gmail Tip #17: Advanced Search - View Multiple Labels
    Gmail Tip #18: Some Forwarding Idiosyncracies
    Gmail Tip #19: Advanced Search - 'Query Words'
    Gmail Tip #20: Why some attachments bounce
    Gmail Tip #21: 'Official' Features and Bugs Status Page
    Gmail Tip #22: Advanced Search - Multi-Labeled and Un-Labeled Messages
    Gmail Tip #23: Cleaning Your Contacts
    Gmail Tip #24: New feature! Import Contacts
    Gmail Tip #25: Find Your Unread Messages
    Gmail Tip #26: Creating a Pseudo Address Group!
    Gmail Tip #27: Adding Hotmail Contacts to Gmail
    Gmail Tip #28: 'Gmail Notifier' released to beta!
    Gmail Tip #29: A Small Quirk With Gmail Notify's 'mailto:' Handler

    reference: http://www.g04.com/misc/GmailTipsComplete.htmledwin

     

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