What’s Happening To GMail?

By on June 6, 2005

This probably isn’t new (in fact, one sharp Gadgetopia reader commented on it in April) but I just noticed it. As I was checking my GMail account tonight, I noticed something odd; at the bottom of the page it read “You are currently using 7 MB (0%) of your 2269 MB.”

2269? I thought I only had a gigabyte?

Turns out they upped the ante to two gigabytes, and they’re not stopping there.

G is for growth
Storage is an important part of email, but that doesn’t mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year birthday, we’re giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there? Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more space as we are able. We know that email will only become more important in people’s lives, and we want Gmail to keep up with our users and their needs. From Gmail, you can expect more.

The GMailFS, but that’s heavily frowned upon by Google, plus I drive a Mac, so it’s no help to me.

Oh well; maybe I’ll just keep e-mailing important files to it as a poor-man’s backup system. Any better ideas are welcome.

And by the by, if you’re one of the ten people in the world still in need of a GMail account, just let me know; I’ve got a boatload of invites!



  1. I’m currently using Gmail as a “pass-thru/webmail” service.

    Basically, I auto-forward my primary account to Gmail. When I’m away from primary machine (often) I use Gmail to check my mail. On my primary machine I have the default mail account set to use Google’s POP and SMTP servers.

    Some benefits:

    • Gmail is now my SPAM filter – works well
    • Works very much like IMAP – all my mail is in one accessible and searchable place. Once Outlook downloads to my primary machine, Gmail moves that message out of my inbox
    • I now have a backup of my email
    • Gmail is an excellent webmail interface
    • When I send from my primary computer, because I am using Gmail’s SMTP, it saves a copy of sent messages on Gmail – nice!
    • When I send via Gmail, Outlook gets a copy of the sent message

    The only downfalls I see:

    • If I send from Gmail it displays my gmail address, rather than my primary email address (although I have set Reply-to) which somewhat reduces that problem
    • Will some servers think I’m a spammer because I present one email address, but I’m using gmail servers?

    So far, the above is a nice solution.

  2. Somebody has written a gallery class that uses gmail to store the images. You can send the pictures to your account and the gallery will be generated automatically. I haven�t tried it yet but find this approach very interesting. Maybe it can be used to store and organise files and documents. These files could be protected with a login script.

    Here�s the URL: http://www.phpclasses.org/browse/package/2243.html


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