If you have made your way to this blog looking for ideas on how to set up an email address, I am a big fan and advocate of Gmail. Check out this entertaining video from the team at Gmail and find out why it is the best email system around and it is free.
On April 1, 2004, the first release of Gmail was rolled out. The instant attraction for many users way the free storage that it offered: 1000 MB of storage, compared to only 4MB which other free email services were offering.
But Gmail’s popularity has been on the rise along with its storage allocation which is now over 7000MB. But its storage is only one of the benefits that is attracting users to Gmail. For the key benefits of Gmail check out my earlier post on the 4 Benefits of Gmail.
In addition to these benefits, SmartCompany notes that:
The popularity is being attributed to Gmail’s fondness for free features, including several gigabytes of free storage, chat and video messaging services, and access to applications such as Google Docs in their email services.
Google’s free email service Gmail is growing in popularity and may soon overtake Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail by the end of the year. Between December 2007 and December 2008, Gmail’s unique monthly visitors in the United States grew 43% from 20.8 million to 29.6 million, according to ComScore. Hotmail lost 5% of unique monthly visitors during the same period, falling from 45.7 million to 43.5 million.
From personal experience, I have been incredibly happy with my switch to Gmail. The key advnatages for me are the online access, massive storage allocation and having many applications linked together, for example my Google Reader, Google Docs, Feedburner Account etc.
Have you tried setting up an email address with Gmail yet?
I had a reader email me and ask if it was possible to remove the From firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com.
When I researched this issue to see if it was possible to change the way the “from” address is displayed, I came across numerous discussions on the “behalf of” component. I agree also that it is not the perfect way to display your email address.
It does appear to be an issue that cannot be changed within Gmail. In summary it appears to be an issue with the way Microsoft Outlook displays the “from” field.
..when you’re sending with a different ‘From:’ address, your Gmail address will still be included in your email header’s sender field, to help prevent your mail from being marked as spam. Most email clients don’t display the sender field, though some versions of Microsoft Outlook may display “From firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com.”
When I first set up email address with Gmail, initially I couldn’t find where my Address Book was. Having been operating email from only Outlook for years, I had become programmed to look for particular terms and had become used to the way the Address Book function operated in Outlook.
The first difference is that in Gmail, Contacts is where you will find all your email addresses. Contacts can be found on the left hand side on any page once you have logged into Gmail, just above the Chat box.
It is worth having a look at some of the nifty functions in Gmail Contacts:
When entering addresses in the appropriate fields, you need only type the first letter of the name of your contact, using predictive text Gmail then brings up the contacts that match your input. Simply click on the right one and add more addresses the same way if you need to.
It is very easy to create groups in contacts, for people that you email regularly together. For example I have a Family contact group, so when I want to send a message to all of the members of my family, I only have to put one name in the “To” box.
Email addresses are automatically added to your Contacts list each time you use the Reply or Forward functions to send messages to addresses not previously stored in your Contacts list.
Each time you unmark a message as Spam, your Contacts list is automatically updated so that future messages from that sender are received in your inbox.
When you are in your Contacts, you can click on a particular person and not only do their details come up, but with one more click, you can see all your recent email coversations with them. It will even let you know if you have any messages from them in “Trash” and you can recover them if needed.
You can import your contacts from Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, orkut, and other services into Gmail. Gmail requires this to be in CSV format and most email services will export contacts in this way.
Now that I have adjusted to my new surroundings in Contact Manager, I am really enjoying the simple interface and efficiency that this feature of Gmail offers.
So have you set up email address yet with Gmail?
I have written of my own personal positive experience with Gmail, but I thought I would collate for you other reviews of the Gmail service.
This information should help in you if you are making a decision about setting up email address or if you are considering to moving to an online email service.
Check them out and they should convince you that Gmail is the best place to set up email address.
Gmail (Google Mail) – Free Email and Chat Service
About rate Gmail 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Useful Secrets of Gmail Service – Efficient Strategies for Gmail Service Usage
Softpedia explains why Gmail is much more than just an email service.
Become A Gmail Master
This LifeHacker author loves Gmail way more than I do!
Getting Started With Google’s Gmail
Helium gives a great introduction to the benefits of Gmail.
10 Reasons To Switch To Gmail
Just Creative Design are a recent but very happy convert to Gmail.
Top Ten Reviews gives Gmail 4 out of 5 stars
Get organized in Gmail
Macworld recommneds that the Gmail online e-mail service is the way to go.
There are so many benefits to encourage you to set up email address using Google’s free email service Gmail, but you might be reluctant to do so because you have a significant amount of old emails stored with your old email address or you don’t want to change you email address.
Gmail has the functionality that allows you to import your old email to your newly set up email address.
If you wish to keep the old email address that is not a problem either! You can use Mail Fetcher in Gmail to regularly check your other account for new mail and then have it all received in the one Gmail inbox.
This allows you to have the excellent benefits of the Google free email system, but still hold onto a well established and known email address.