If you haven't already heard about Gmail, it's a new search-based
webmail service that offers:
- 1,000 megabytes (one gigabyte) of free storage
- Built-in Google search that instantly finds any message you want
- Automatic arrangement of messages and related replies into
- Text ads and related pages that are relevant to the content of your messages
Gmail is still in an early stage of development. If you set up an
account, you'll be able to keep it even after we make Gmail more
widely available and as one of the system's early testers, you will be
helping us improve the service through your feedback. We might ask for
your comments and suggestions periodically and we appreciate your help
in making Gmail even better.
No more folders, filing or fumbling to find your mail
Email is supposed to be a productivity tool. So why spend time filing
messages, then later trying to remember where you put them? And why
delete important mail just to stay within some arbitrary storage
Gmail makes email easy. With 1000 megabytes of free storage, you never
need to throw messages away. And with a powerful built-in Google
search engine, you no longer need to set up folders, file your mail,
or remember where you stored your messages. Just search for what you
want. You'll not only find the message you have in mind, but all the
other messages that are part of the same conversation – arranged in
chronological order so you can easily put everything in context.
(1) The secret is search
Google search is at the heart of Gmail. Fast, efficient, effective.
Just type a few keywords into the search box and your message appears.
You don't have to remember where you put your mail. That's our job.
(2) It's all in how you look at it
With Gmail, you'll see your messages in context. If there was a reply
to a message you sent or received, Gmail will automatically display it
in chronological order with the original. This conversation view
continues to grow as you respond and new replies arrive, making it
possible for you to follow the whole back and forth discussion in one
(3) Never lose a message again
You never know when you might need to see a message again. So why
delete it? With Gmail, you can store your messages instead. A single
click of your mouse moves messages out of your Inbox into a secure
archive where you can quickly find them with a simple search. With
1000 megabytes of storage, you can even keep all your back issues of
the Lemur Lover's newsletter.
(4) Filing email is not the best use of your time
Storing mail in folders with subfolders and nested sub-sub folders is
not a productive way to spend your day. What's the point? With Gmail,
you can find an entire email exchange organized as a conversation,
just by searching for keywords that appear in any one of the emails
that's part of it. If you want, you can further organize your messages
by creating labels for them.
(5) Frying your spam
Google continues to work on spam filters to keep unwanted messages out
of your inbox. However, spammers are deviously clever and adaptive.
Defeating them will require your help. If you see a spam message, use
the Report Spam feature to squash it. The spam will automatically be
removed from your inbox and information about it will be reported to
our quality team.
(6) It has ads. But only good ads.
Gmail isn't a traditional webmail account. There are no pop-ups,
untargeted banner ads or warnings urging you to buy more storage.
Gmail however, will often place a few highly relevant, text ads
adjacent to the body of your email. You'll also see links to related
web pages you might find of interest.
These ads and links are displayed automatically using the same
technology that powers our AdSense system, which delivers targeted ads
to thousands of sites across the web. Computers scan the text on a
given page, perform a mathematical analysis on it and match it to ads
in our extensive database. No humans are involved in this process and
no one reads your mail. You may find that hard to believe when you see
how closely the ads match the topic of your message.
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