Friday, April 03, 2009

Thanks to Gmail: Gmail turns 5

Below is the welcome message of Gmail to me when I opened my account in 2005. Ever since I have created several email addys making use of them to host my photos at picasa, blog, google groups, chat and other uses making my online life a lot better.

I keep an email for official/professional use, an email to enroll to all subscriptions and sign-ups and an email for ordinary or regular use to keep in touch with friends. I have encouraged and invited several friends to create their account as well.

I am glad though that lately so much developments are taking place at google mail and I am not able to keep up with them. Although I make use of them whenever I get a chance to come across those developments. The latest development that I am using is the labeling like yahoo I've been wanting to have my emails archived in different folders for easy access. Although I must admit based from experience the gmail search function is very reliable, aside from marking with asterisk/star those emails you want to keep as priority.

There are other labs features to maximize but I am keeping mine at the minimum only using those functionality that are useful to me.

Thanks to gmail for the free email. I hope from 2 gig disk space it will be 5 as you have turned half decade... well that be interesting... no need to erase those emails with attachments.

from : Gmail Team
to: Pete Rahon
date: Tue, Feb 22, 2005 at 10:14 PM
subject: Gmail is different. Here's what you need to know.

hide details 2/22/05

First off, welcome. And thanks for opening a Gmail account! We think Gmail is different. So to help you get started, you may want to:

* Check out our Getting Started guide. It's good for, well, getting started.
* Visit our Help Center. Here you can browse frequently asked questions, search for answers and learn about some of Gmail's cool features, like labels, keyboard shortcuts and free POP access.
* Import your contacts to Gmail from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, Hotmail and other programs. Then email your friends with your brand new Gmail address.

As you're using Gmail, you might also see some ads or related links. We believe that you shouldn't have to share your inbox with large, blinking, irrelevant ads. Gmail's small text ads are matched by computers, and designed to be relevant to the messages you're viewing. Which means for once, you might even find ads to be interesting and useful.

Users have often told us that the more they use Gmail, the more they discover its added benefits--such as being able to find any message instantly or to manage all your contacts in one place. So go ahead and give it a try. In the meantime, we'll keep working on making Gmail the best email service around. Thanks for joining us for the ride. We hope you'll enjoy Google's approach to email.


The Gmail Team

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