After a long debate with myself, I figured it was time to take the plunge and move my email to “the cloud”. So far I’ve been running it for a few days now, and I like it. I tried it a year or so ago, but I ended up reverting back.
My thoughts (in no particular order)
- I tried to copy the emails from my computer over to GMail, but it was setting all the dates to the day that I I have all my previous email stored on my computer, so I can reference it whenever I want.
- GMail supports my own personal domains – so I can send and receive without people noticing.
- I find it offensive when Internet professionals and businesses use @hotmail.com or @gmail.com email addresses when they have their own domain.
- I can still send and receive how I want from my iPhone.
- I have IMAP configured, so I can still do anything I want with my folders, or as GMail likes to call them… “labels”.
- I can access my email any time from anywhere, Internet connection permitting.
- The spam filters are MUCH better than what Microsoft has done in Entourage. So far it hasn’t filtered any legitimate email to my spam box, which is always nice.
- I have many server rules setup to wipe out a ton of spam before anything has a chance to make it to my inbox.
- Google Docs! It’s awesome, and now I can save attachments to that.
- Viewing online of documents. No more needing to open the document in the application. I can view it in a webpage and save time. Yes dad, that means that all of those “amazing photograph” emails with 20MB powerpoints won’t be AS annoying – but please try to refrain from sending them anyways! 😀
- I will not tell anyone my GMail address. I do not want to get email to it. If you want to know why, read point 2.1. 😎