June 21st, 2004

Acadia

GMail vs Yahoo!Mail Plus

So, I am a proud user of gmail. I also have a few invitations I can give out, so feel free to comment on this entry, if you want an invite (put your name and email address to send the invite to in the comment).

What's so special about gmail? Main advantages: it's faster due to use of JavaScript (fewer page loads), has many convenient featurettes (e.g., marking messages sent to you personally, rather than a mailing list; inline spell-checker), and a few innovative solutions (e.g., labels/categories instead of folders). And search, as expected, is fast and convenient; I particularly like the ability to specify both "has the words" and "doesn't have the words" together in the search criteria. There are still quite a few kinks to work out (see my list of nitpicks below), most of which they are working on. It does not seem like they are planning to make it into a portal, a la Yahoo, e.g., I think I'll have to continue using Yahoo for calendar, full-featured online address book, and notes.

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