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No, I will not be giving out invites...
Published on January 4, 2005 By russellmz2 In Internet
Been playing around with Gmail. You can't just subscribe, someone has to invite you to get an account. Often you see forums with someone offering or begging for a Gmail account. Don't bother asking me, I gave away most to friends and family and gave one to a random guy on a forum.

Accounts are very in demand since the people at Google are the ones who created Gmail. They offer a gig of free space. This was the main reason that most free email accounts increased their account size limits from something like 6MB to hundreds. All hail Adam Smith and his invisible hand. You can read more about Gmail's features at

Every time you invite and the guy accepts, it puts him/her in your contact list automatically, which is nice and convenient for friends and family, not so much to any random people you invited (waves 'hi' to random guy I gave a Gmail account to).

There are small text ads to the side but they are unobtrusive. Let's hope they stay that way. There are lots of settings and stuff.

Keyboard shortcuts:
You can hit "j" and "k" and move the focus to the email you want. Hitting "y" makes it deleted/archived. To compose I can just hit "c".

There are a huge number of shortcut keys.

There doesn't appear to be a limit on the number of filters you can apply. Most free email accounts limit you to about 10 or 12. I have any emails cc'ed to "russellnz" and "russelllz" sent to trash since those are mass computer generated spam emails. I'll add my usual viagra/penis/xxx/flea-bitten-manginas/etc. filters in if too much spam gets in.

Show snippets:
Shows the first few words of an email, like in Google searches that show the first few words.

You can "star" the most important email exchanges.

By exchanges I mean the email conversation you have with someone. They are grouped together like index cards, so you can keep track of past messages quickly. Echoing Google's pared down design style, everything is very uncluttered, with the normal From, To, Date, Subject, and fields hidden. You can click and have them appear instantly.

Replying is very quick, I hit reply and the screen stays the same except that the bottom has a reply form field appear (again, instantly).

on Jan 04, 2005
They offer a gig of free space.

This by far is enough to try it out. I've been using GMail for a few months now, and I have to say it's definitely the easiest to use and definitely the best webmail out there.

Some other great features:

Labeling. You can mark incoming messages and make filters to automatically apply "Labels" to messages and sort them accordingly. This is great for newslists or daily updated messages since they won't appear in your main inbox if you don't want them to.

Spam Filters. GMail is great at picking out and sorting spam and making sure that it doesn't clog your inbox.

Spam Controls. Someone here mentioned can sign up at a site, let's say for here, with (That's not my email, btw ) Then, all the mail will be sent to your inbox with that tag and you can sort it from there. (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not sure how that process works exactly)
on Jan 04, 2005
Don't forget they added pop support also.
on Jan 04, 2005
Don't forget they added pop support also.
on Jan 04, 2005
i don't have a email program, i just use it straight from the browser, but yeah it also does the pop forwarding stuff. you can also forward email from/to other addresses i believe.
on Jan 04, 2005
I just wish you could add images without them being attachments, and have bold, italic and underlined words.
on Jan 04, 2005
I appreciate the article, Ive been wondering what all the fuss was about.