Using GMail the way it’s meant to be used

Never delete a single email again, Google said when they launched gmail service, the best free email service in the world.

And I never did.


I still use a desktop client to read email but I also leave all my messages on gmail.

This allows me to have a huge archive of my emails, accessible and searchable from any place on the planet I am currently located.

And I have several email accounts that I all redirect to main gmail account and the second reason for that is that gmail spam filter is one of the best I ever seen.

You are currently using 1150 MB (15%) of your 7289 MB.

That's a lot of emails, but it's not using my resources. It's brilliant.

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  1. Anil
    Dec 6th, 2010 6:40 AM

    mine is 23%

    You are currently using 1779 MB (23%) of your 7526 MB.

  2. Dec 14th, 2009 10:16 PM

    Vladimir, Google *is* already charging us. Not with money, but with data.

    • Dec 14th, 2009 10:17 PM

      Sorry. Not Vladimir, but Charles. pardon me.

  3. Dec 14th, 2009 6:56 PM

    My concern is that one-day Google will start charging us for all these freebie services... thinmk of the stuff they give away: email, webanalytics, free sms texts

    I use so many google gadgets and apps that if they start charging it's gonna be painful to migrate and therein lies their master plan eh?

  4. Dec 12th, 2009 3:52 PM

    There is a risk with these hosted solutions. Gmail looks so good on the face of it, but you can't trust the vagaries of big business. They can simply close your account, for no ostensible reason. You may forget the password, so complicatedly created by your paranoid self! Retrieval of your lost account is too cumbersome unless you remember to jot down secret question+answer pair etc.

    Yes. Use it it to the hilt, but download and save important mails in your local machine.

    Gmail has a paid business mail service too, but that is different ball game altogether.


  5. Feb 8th, 2009 3:41 PM

    Google has provided another great feature. Now you can use your emails on and Still can utilize lovely features of Gmail.

    You can have 50 Email accounts for Free with more than 7GB quota for each email address. Enjoy Google Docs, Google Calender and lot of other great features offered by Google 100% Free.

    Is not that great?

    If you need help to setup, contact me.

  6. Feb 7th, 2009 8:05 PM

    I must agree with Vlad. I use it the same way and push all my email accounts to it. Not hogging my resources and the spam and virus filter cannot be beat! No fear here!

  7. Jan 29th, 2009 11:27 PM

    Oops. I meant to say: I never delete anything permanently, like I used to do. And I used to clear the spam folder often. Now, I do not do that. Gmail dumps things after 30 days. Meanwhile it is all still there for 30 days in case you need to refer back. Again, for what a mess that email can become, Gmail has really given me much peace of mind. I recommend folks switch over. AND... lol. I doubt that Google has much reason to be 'reading' all that stuff online. Maybe it's Pollyanna thinking, but you have to trust somebody. I'd rather trust Google who has pretty much proven itself in so many regards over the years... than who? The govt? lol.

    Every excellent tool that Google publishes is another piece of armor for us. And in the long haul, it makes us, as consumers, more likely to buy in to any given tool they put up for actual sale. I tend to trust NOBODY.... at first. It takes a long time to win me as consumer. Google is at the top of that trust list IN SPITE of some of the slaps... for which I am sure they have had their reasonings.

  8. Jan 29th, 2009 11:20 PM

    For all the reasons you've listed, gmail is also my primary email client now. I too have several accounts, which all feed into my primary address. I never delete anything anymore... BUT... I do not use the archive function very much. I do delete those things I know I will not need, which amounts to quite a bit. But I download all of that to Windows mail, and have an extensive 'Outlook' folder some years old and HUGE... about 6-7GB now. But I no longer use any 3rd party 'spam' software because Gmail is absolutely the best I've seen for filtering it all out. I get a few that sneak through but for the most part, it is amazing how much spam comes through and I never see it. I love Gmail.

  9. Jan 29th, 2009 11:34 AM

    Thats good idea! I’ll share it!

  10. Jan 28th, 2009 11:00 PM

    How about starting reading some of those mails. Check it more often ;)

  11. Ricardo
    Jan 28th, 2009 9:51 PM

    Since, it appears that hacking gmail accts is easy to do,
    why leave any valuable information on the gmail server?

  12. Jan 28th, 2009 9:32 PM

    @FirstDayBlack: :P Anyday now, right! Why buy that new car too, the flying ones are coming! You can't think like that, and regardless where you go, someone can read your email, be it Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, your Web Host, or your ISP!

    I'm a nice 17% by the way :D 1309 MB

  13. Jan 28th, 2009 7:03 PM

    Well, a good idea would be to download all mails locally from time to time. Just in case.

  14. Jan 28th, 2009 6:59 PM

    I'm using 12%, about 915MB. Not bad huh?

  15. Jan 28th, 2009 5:39 PM

    E-Mails are personal and confident. There is no need to let Google read them. And what will you do when Google cancels it's service or your account? I don't want to be totally dependent on Googles goodwill.