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Jun. 21st, 2004

12:22 pm - gmail invite codes

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If anybody wants a gmail invite, I have 6 I can give out now. I'd recommend you read gmail is too creepy, and this post by elynne first before you decide.

One should think and be informed before deciding on what you buy, even if it doesn't cost any money.

In other news, I'm feeling kind of odd and very out of it today. I may go home early since I my ability to focus and concentrate seem rather dangerously low for programming. :-(

Edit <15:32>: If you want a gmail account, email me at my gmail account. My address there is my username @gmail.com.

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From:noveldevice
Date:June 21st, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I have gmail now, from a different friend. I found elynne's post from the other day pretty helpful, so if you're contemplating it, O nameless reader of Omni's LJ, go read it.
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From:scottscidmore
Date:June 21st, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
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I'd be interested in one, if there is one lt over. I'm on enough mailing lists that are interesting but not that interesting so there's not a real push to POP3 them home, and are public so I care not who 'reads' them.

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From:omnifarious
Date:June 21st, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Read my edit to this post. :-)

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:June 21st, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 21st, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
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The only thing that would be good about a gmail account for you would be that the account would remain even if you dropped visi and went with some other ISP.

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From:disrupsean
Date:June 27th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)

reality check

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Three points:

1. I've got to disagree with that last point; there are plenty of advantages to Gmail over a local ISP's mail service. To me, the biggest advantages involve the interface design and the information architecture behind Gmail. Gmail simply makes reading and organizing your mail, and retrieving past mail, infinitely easier by far than any other Web-based mail service. It makes it easier than -every- non-Web e-mail client except possibly for Pine (and if you're not a techie, and not accustomed to Pine, you'll find Gmail easier and more pleasant).

2. Gmail made big mistakes in their -framing- of the service in the minds of their users. They didn't pay enough attention to people's -perceptions- of big privacy violations (regardless of to what extent such violations really exist). That's a huge mistake. I can understand how non-techies, who don't understand how Gmail and its ad system work, are frightened by this. What I don't understand is the hysteria I've seen coming from techies. Looking at the "Gmail is too creepy" site (which annoyingly doesn't have a comment section), I'm left with the perception that the person who wrote it also wears a tinfoil hat all day to prevent the space aliens from controlling his/her thoughts. Point 4 (Inappropriate Ad Matching) might apply; that's a question of personal opinion and if you're annoyed by the ads that show up on your page, I can't argue with that. But personally I find the ads on Gmail much less annoying and more appropriate than the ads I see on most other sites that I hit, certainly they're better than those on Hotmail and the like. As for the other points (Gmail is nearly immortal, Google's policies do not apply, massive potential for abuse), all of those points -already- apply and have applied for years to all of the other free e-mail services, free weblog/web-hosting services, social-networking sites, and so on; you might argue that they apply to your -paid- e-mail services as well, and to your paid Net access. In this day and age, if you don't assume that your Hotmail and your Friendster postings aren't at least occasionally being stored, mined and scanned by government agencies (if not by corporations as well) then you're just not being realistic. Gmail makes people -conscious- of the fact that their online communications have a history and can be viewed or processed by third parties. This fact isn't going away; making people conscious of it is a good thing, a service to society. Pretending that this fact doesn't exist doesn't accomplish anything, so if you're going to work yourself into hysterics over this aspect of Gmail, you should be getting doubly upset about other less forthcoming services that you've been using for years.

(By the way, I have never worked for Google and I am not affiliated with them at all.)

-Sean
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From:disrupsean
Date:June 27th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)

Re: reality check

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(oops... I said that I'd have "three points" above, then I concatenated the last two into one... So it's just two points.)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 28th, 2004 01:56 am (UTC)

Re: reality check

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I know well how rosencrantz319 currently uses email, and it's not likely that the searching and organization features would be a big help. But, they might be. Given gmail's encouragement that you never throw anything away, it's possible that rosencrantz319 would change the way he uses email to adapt, and he would find the new way better.

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