I understand where you gmail-knockers are coming from. You got your shiny new gmail account, you excitedly unwrapped it, and… bleh. Completely unexceptional. It looks like any other webmail service. And now that Yahoo and MSN are giving (or promising) comparable storage sizes, and now that gmail owners are no longer an exclusive group, there’s just nothing exciting about it.
Right? Am I right? Yes, I’m right.
But you’re all cheating gmail out of a fair chance to prove itself. Most of the greatest parts about gmail involve the way it lets you organize and easily manage your mail, even when you’ve got a ton of it. The conversation view of emails is fantastic! It’s incredibly useful that I can see exactly what a mysterious reply I’ve gotten is referring to without having to hunt through my trash, assuming I haven’t already deleted the original message. Lightning fast search, with lots of criteria on what you can search on. A clever labeling system that replaces traditional folders. Oh, yeah, and a gigabyte to store that ton of email in.
These are all features that you wouldn’t have found useful, if you tried them at all, when you’ve just used your account for five emails total to just test the new account out. When you’ve got five emails, you don’t need any help organizing. But when real life enters, and you get thirty new emails a day - that’s where gmail’s true genius shows.
Until I started using gmail, I hadn’t realized how limiting everything else I’d ever used was. I absolutely love gmail, and I could never go back to using anything else.