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-Yes, I was also interested in this after reading about Google's entry into the free webmail service. The only hic-up is the debate over Google's intention of electronically scanning e-mails so that ad's can be tailored to the web account holders tastes and interests. The debate is naturally over privacy issues, and until I can get a grasp on the exact details and plans of Google I would probably hold off setting up the account.

 

-Google offers 1,000MB for their Gmail accounts too. :tu:

 

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I just got a gmail account yesterday (dfalasco@gmail.com) through the Gmail swap website. Basically you list something you'd be willing to swap for an invite, and people who have invites to spare respond if the swap sounds good to them. In my case, I had an extra copy of the Reservoir Dogs DVD that I paid $4 for at Best Buy (part of their Kill Bill deal where KB was $15.99 or you could buy KB and RD for $19.99), so I listed that and within 5 minutes I had a response. Half hour later my account was set up. :tu:

 

Give it a shot...it's fun! And if I do get the chance to send an invite, I'll think of my LCVG buddies first. :)

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Who really needs 1GB of email storage?

 

Yeah, it's certainly more than most people probably need, and it'll probably serve to fuel the bad email mis-management habits of many people as well. I know many people who have in-boxes with so much back load of emails that they could never read it all, and providing this much more email storage space is like building a house in a coca field for a crack addict. :P

 

Honestly, I'm sure there are people who have a legitimate need for this amount of space, but not the average email user. I wonder if they are providing so much space because they plan on filling them with so much spam? :P

 

At any rate, it'll be good to have the space to send and receive large documents.

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I've had 6 invites in the 4-5 days I've had an account (christopher.flynn@gmail.com). If I get anymore, I'll let people know and invite whoever I can.

 

So far I'm really enjoying it. Very clean interface, with nice features and capabilities. It's probably going to be my second e-mail address, next to my primary ISP one.

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The only hic-up is the debate over Google's intention of electronically scanning e-mails so that ad's can be tailored to the web account holders tastes and interests.

 

Everyone keeps saying that but a lot of people don't realize that your email is read by computers anyways. The only difference is that google is inserting something into the text of the message. Email is not secure as it stands right now so it doesn't bother me any if they insert ads. Afterall, you get what you pay for and this is free.

 

If I get an invite sent to me I'll be sure to trickle down any invites I get sent to you all.

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One thing that's definitely good about GMail is it's lighting a fire under the asses of other places like Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. I signed up for a Yahoo Mail account approximately forever ago (which makes it kind of an entrenched old mail account that you can never completely migrate off from), when they were good, and offered free POP access, forwarding etc., which they later restricted. Before I found YahooPOPs! I'd frequently go over my 5MB (I think that's what it used to be) limit, since I like to archive my mail so I can search through it for an old message if need be. In the past few days though, Yahoo has kicked the available size up to 100MB and revamped the interface, which I'm pretty sure wouldn't have happened without the threat of GMail opening to the public looming on the horizon.

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