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June 21, 2004

Mille Grazie, Paulo

The inestimable Paul Frankenstein has been kind enough to bestow a much-prized Gmail invitation upon me. And I didn't have to beg (much) or flash any skin (bet you're disappointed now, eh, Frankenstino? Don't worry, you'd have only gotten some bare ankle anyway. But I would still totally take you out to dinner.). I did hammer what seemed like a thousand nails at the Habitat house this past Saturday, so even though I didn't do it specifically to please Paul, I feel like I have done something to earn my invitation. Don't know if Paul's contest is still ongoing, but if you can impress him with a rhyming couplet of your own making, you just might score an invite.

Of course now that LadyCrumpet has an account, it won't be long before the beta testing is over. I haven't had much of a chance to explore the options, but it's interesting so far. You don't create folders; you assign labels, if you wish, to messages - definitely appealing to me because it's essentially cataloging. Deleting a label will not delete the email. There are filters you can apply, which I haven't tried yet, and of course you can search your messages. Email messages are threaded; it's even possible to print the full "conversation," as Google calls the threads.

I know, I was wringing my hands earlier about their privacy policy. But the ads are unobtrusive, and really, how secure is email anyway? I have to constantly remember this before writing something I would regret, which is really my responsibility rather than Google's. At any rate, Google is too professional and concerned for their reputation to screw over its users. At least that's my hope.

Addendum: NYT article on the mechanics of Google's Gmail ads [The Internet Ad You Are About to See Has Already Read Your E-Mail, 6/21/04, Saul Hansell, NYT]

Yours, &c., LC | 05:16 PM | Internet & Tech | Comments (1)

Comments

I am just trying it out, too.

I thought that just because google point specifically at their privacy policy, it does not mean that yahoo [for example] are less problematic. In fact, they put a tagline in the footer:"NOTICE: We collect personal information on this site.
To learn more about how we use your information, see our Privacy Policy."

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at June 22, 2004 11:39 AM