What I like about the beta version of gmail:
- The conversation format is an obvious natural evolution of email. I've seen a few mail clients attempt it through threading and grouping, but I've never seen it done as well as this.
- Secure server access. You can go to https://gmail.google.com/ and conduct your session securely.
- Labels versus folders. Instead of making folders to hold individual messages (Did I put that message in the "Namco" folder or in the "System Admin" folder?) all messages live in your inbox and can be filtered by labels you assign or auto-assign to them.
- The key commands, are inspired by vi. I wasn't sure whether to put this on my like or dislike list, it's too fashionable to bash vi, so I'll put it here, it's cute. ("bash vi"...Unix jokes never die)
- One gigabyte of saved email. That's incredible. At the very least set up a double forward to archive all your messages for easy searching later.
- Plus Addressing
What I dislike about beta version of gmail:
- No remote POP access. If I can't access my gmail from any web browser, then I should at least be able to do it from a POP client.
- No POP access from within gmail. I want to connect gmail to my other POP accounts.
- I had to use firstname.lastname@example.org because both 'andre' and 'torrez' were not available. I know this is a silly thing to complain about, but keee-rist you'd think the least I could get for being in on the beta is a super-hot vanity address. Okay, someone explained to me that a spammer would just run through common names @gmail.com so they have a list that is not allowed. Makes sense.
Weird moment using the beta version of gmail
- Going to https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount to manage my "account".
I am sure I'll keep updating this as I find new things.
Update (04/23/04): It looks like GMail now works in Safari. Hooray.