Google’s new gMail system is free, offers a ton of storage space, and provides more handy features than any other eMail program I have used to date. It’s fast, simple, and certainly searchable. They seem to manage span more efficiently than any service I’ve seen. I hardly think about spam with gMail. The content is “searchable” and makes filing a thing of the past. Conversation threads are efficient and easy to navigate. Oh, and the whole thing is easy to navigate. The labeling systems might be easy to overlook but once you start using it there’s no going back. I have labels for each of my classes (ADOL, FAMILY, CHILD Dev, etc), a label for committee correspondence, data, faculty stuff, and then of course one called MEOW. And yep, I’ve got a thread with that frisky label attached. I wish there was a “Reply” button/link at the top of each message but that’s my only complaint. Otherwise, this is fast, friendly, and makes eMail almost autonomic.
I remind myself that gMail is in beta. Google offers so much but we’ll have to wait to see if the price is worth it.