David Pogue of the New York Times reviews Gmail, the new e-mail offering from Yahoo. Thanks to Rachel, I’ve been using Gmail for about a week now, and I think it’s a great new service, for all the reasons Pogue mentions.
However, I’d like to add a reason he sort of glosses over–search. Since Gmail provides a gigabyte of mail storage, you can archive virtually all of your messages for years without having to delete them. (Google estimates that the average user can go five years without deleting a single message.)
This means that you can store mailing-list postings, e-mails from friends, your local paper’s daily-headlines mailing, Daily Candy or Manhattan User’s Guide reviews, or whatever you choose to store–and you can search all that material later. If, in five years, you want to find specific messages about a particular MoMA exhibit (say, a Times review, the plans you made with a friend to see that exhibit, and an article about a brazen theft of artworks from that exhibit), you should be able to find them all with just a couple words in the Gmail search box.
I think it’s damn cool.
michael [dot] dietsch [at] gmail [dot] com
Thanks to Jen for the review link.