Posts tagged Gmail
The news which I am going to share with you is quite sad, but nevertheless it should be told. Previously it was just Hotmail and Yahoo users who were denied the right of using Ufone‘s Email to SMS service. Now Gmail users are the latest to be hit by this unfortunate event as Ufone has blocked Email to SMS service for Gmail users as well.
Finally it is here. Google has brought Contact Picker to Gmail. If you are a hotmail user, you probably might be aware of the contact picker. Yes I am talking about the list that pops out once you click on the To section. Contact picker allows you to pick the from the list of contacts the intended recepients of the composed mail. Previously this feature was missing in Gmail. To add to your surprise, Contact Picker was available to use with Google Calendar and Google Docs. But anyhow the good news is that now it is available. Google explains the distinction of Contact Picker over the AutoPicker. Google believes:
Auto-complete is convenient and fast, and usually does the trick. But sometimes seeing your list of contacts can help you remember all the people you want to include on your email
Here is how to use it:
- When composing a message, click on To, select the contacts and you are on your way to sending the composed email to the intended people.
What are the other cool things that can be done with Contact Picker. A few smart things that you can do with it include:
- Select contacts from one of your groups: just use the drop-down to choose from “Friends”, “Family”, “Coworkers” and other groups.
- Easily remove the contacts you’ve picked by just clicking on them.
- Manually add email addresses by clicking on an empty space from the picker’s “to” box.
- If you’ve already typed some addresses in the “to” box, the contact picker will include them when it launches.
- Add all the results of a search by clicking on “Select all”.
- The feature also works for “cc” and “bcc”.
So what are you waiting for. Go ahead and give it a try.
Twitter is a popular social networking site and is taking over the globe drastically. In a way we all have a vested interests in its success so all the tweet’eers are considered to be virtual stake holders. Facebook is likely to dominate over the social stream as Google has done with the search. But that is not good for anyone, including Facebook.
Many discussions are held with the people about the face-off between Facebook and Twitter and also for the probable Google and Twitter deal. Erick Schonfeld at the Real Time Stream Crunchup event responded about Twitter giving Google their firehose feed. He said :
they could do that if they don’t plan to sell their company in the future. In other words, it is my humble opinion that if Twitter was a publicly traded stock its value would drop by 75% the second that deal was announced and for good reason.
Twitter has a remarkable impact on the internet history and has earned up consumer behaviors very quickly, created a new form of media consumption and connectivity. By now Twitter has such a strong hold over the new form of real time consumption that it can dominate over this category. But new competitors such as Facebook is coming in a fast stream too.
The experience of real-time communication and search, that sense you get of unfolding streams of relevant information to your interests and queries flowing in a digital river has arrived with Twitter coursing first through the rapids. But now that we have arrived at this new medium, what next? Does Twitter become an example of a utility that is followed by others that already have a monetization engine, leaving Twitter to ultimately drift to a respected place in Wikipedia like Netscape? Or does it continue to push the boundaries and create a sustainable and growing business that will allow it to continue to ride the whitewater?
If Twitter wishes to be distribution medium rather than communication medium it will surely give up the ghost. By correlation Google has business not as a search engine but as an advertising business that is getting profits at extraordinary rates. Google does this by owing a distribution rate in digital age. Google, as the entry point for such a vast audience, effectively owns the distribution on the Internet as a business leader and brand. Its lead continues to grow as the audience grows.
Google’s economy is its intent. Its search drives money when users purchase a product or service. The context of the users’ actions and interests map to an intention which advertisers are eager to pay for. And the heart of Google’s success is fulfillment of user queries next to relevant content.
This is what missing in the communication platforms. For example AIM which once struggled to monetize its audiences, was a universal juggernaut of a product now falling back to footnotes in internet history. Same is with hotmail and Gmail the communication platform providers, look further into innovative news providers like Digg, Google news , and Techmeme and you will see that it is quite hard to generate significant revenues in news, certainly for pillars like New York Times, big online profits are indefinable. So there are not many prospects for building a sustainable multi-billion dollar business for Twitter either as a communications platform or a news discovery engine. So there are not many prospects for building a sustainable multi-billion dollar business for Twitter either as a communications platform or a news discovery engine.
The only way Twitter can thrive is to tap into the economy of intent. New type of useful advertising can be established in new form of discovery which for the moment can be unique. If Twitter strives for business now, than its value may be diminished. By doing a deal with Google that might give unregulated access to real tie results from Twitter in Google search, Twitter will for sure be losing in the war. For if consumers needed the same experience that is currently unique in Twitter on Google, why would they prior Twitter to search? If Twitter’s search is over looked, then Twitter is not participating in the Economy of intent and soon it will end up its value to the single digit million.
Twitter may have many ways to make money. Think of the simple impact of auto-complete in the search box to # tags. This is but one simple move which could start to drive traffic to focused streams of information, which could also map to useful advertising, just like on Google. By adding another layer of usefulness in geo tagging which gives nearby locations, warnings and recommendations. As Twitter make these changes users will automatically start focusing on discovery and will alter their behaviors to search queries. There can be so much done in this domain if critical mass of audience is present.
Twitter has to start soon to build up that place in time for the face-off competition for the advertisers. It has the unique and innovative way to establish new forms of useful advertising helping users and advertisers. They should make themselves the go-to place for in-stream advertising.
For Twitter to sign the deal with Google knowing all the prospects at this stage is equivalent to suicide and can be defined as a form of creative laziness. There are so many things they could be doing short of giving up and serving up on a silver platter. If they must do it, if they do sell data or themselves to Google, Twitter should make ample pay, for Google can afford it.
If Twitter did not create a solid way to make money, they can’t survive on their own.
Google introduced video chat to Gmail way back in November 2008 which allowed users to engage in a video chat with family and friends. All you need to do at that time was to install a small sized video plugin.
Previously iGoogle provided features such as chatting with your friends along with reading news, emailing your business and family contacts, viewing a few funny pics and so on. Well Google has added a new dimension to iGoogle.
Enter video chat for iGoogle. Google has brought face-to-face chat in the form of video chat to iGoogle homepage.
When you use video chat for the first time in iGoogle, you will be required to install a video plugin which happens to be small in size and installs within a few seconds.
Here is what you need to initiate a video chat with your friend:
1. Open the actions menu which appears at the bottom of a chat window
2. Click on the “Start video chat” link
A small green camera icon will appear next to the name of your contacts on chatlist which indicates that they are set up for a video chat.
While chatting you may make the chat window size bigger or even switch to the full screen mode.
One point where the video chat is different from the video chat in Gmail is that there is no need for your contacts to have a Gmail account, Google account will do just fine.
Google will be rolling out this feature over the period of the next few days. So if you don’t see it right now you will eventually see within a few days.
Today Google introduced a Gmail feature, which allows you to email their task lists. This can be done by simply choosing the new “email task list” option found in the actions menu. When a user clicks on this option, Gmail will open a new compose window with the contents of your current task list. It works in each task list view – My Order, Sort by Date, and Completed.
The offered feature export solution which doesn’t kill trees: emailing a task list. Like most Tasks features, “Email task list” can be found in the Actions menu.
Clicking on it will open a new compose window with the contents of your current task list. This works in all views.
to email your mom to explain why you’ve been so busy and haven’t been able to return her calls, just choose “View completed tasks” from the Actions menu, then “Email task list” and send away.
This is pretty useful in the sense that I can now e-mail my wife proof of what I have done while she’s at work. Well, it’s virtual proof anyway.
And, in a sign of just how Twitter-happy Google is becoming, the Gmail team has set up a Google Tasks account on Twitter here.
Google launched browser based Gmail for mobile back in the month of April. Gmail for mobile allowed users to compose mail while in offline mode. After writing the mail, once they hit the send, the mail will be sent as soon as the network connectivity is restored. But one feature that Gmail was lacking was the Outbox feature. Well that is no longer missing. Google Yesterday announced that it has added the Outbox feature for Gmail Mobile. Outbox appears in the form of a label that appears in the menu, once you have messagess in the queue waiting to be send. The Outbox feature allows you to view only the subject of the subject message in read only mode.
So when will Outbox be useful to you?. Suppose you composed and sent a mail and now want to ensure that the message was sent before you start writing a follow up mail. That is where Outbox becomes useful. Once again I repeat, Outbox for Gmail Mobile allows you to only read the subject and not the body of the message.
Do you want to give it a try yourself?. Go ahead and visit gmail.com in your mobile browser. The latest version of Gmail for mobile supports iPhone/iPod touch OS 2.2.1 or above, alongwith all Android-powered devices, and is available for US English only.
The users of Gmail’s custom “From:” option know well about the “Sender” field issue. The issue is that the receiver receives the message, sent by using this option, with a sender field as “From email@example.com On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org “. This really annoyed many senders/ receivers.
The Gmail’s custom “From:” is used to send messages with user’s other email addresses listed in place of the Gmail address. Since these messages are sent through the Gmail’s server but “from” a non-Gmail address, Gmail includes the Gmail username in the “Sender” field of the message header to comply with mail delivery protocols. This also helps in preventing user’s mail address from being marked as spam.
Gmail has rectified the loud and clear “on behalf of” text. Instead of using Gmail’s server to send the email, Gmail now use the servers where users other email address lives. Since Gmail is not the originating domain there is no need to include “Sender” info in the header.
Now, if the users other email provider supports POP or IMAP access, the message sending will be as follow:
There is a little problem with the new method. What if the users want to carry on with the old method or if their other email does not support authenticated SMTP?
Emmanuel Pellereau, a software engineer at Google, said :
We recognize that your other address might not have a server that you can use to send outbound messages — for example, if you use a forwarding alias rather than an actual mailbox, or if your other email provider doesn’t support authenticated SMTP, or restricts access to specific IP ranges. For this reason, we’ve kept the original method as well. Check out our Help Center for further details on these two “send mail as” configuration options.
Pellereau also explained the procedure to switch to this new method as:
To switch to this new method, go to the Accounts page under Settings, and click “edit info” from the “Send mail as” section. Then choose the option to “Use your other email provider’s SMTP servers.”
Good news all Gmail users, Gmail has improved the criteria for displaying external photos. But all that has changed now. The new criteria is: No longer you will be required to whitelist the contacts provided you have sent them at least a couple of messages. What this policy change signals is that you will be seeing the annoying message Images are not displayed. Display images below less frequently. Prior to this, all Gmail users had to go through the tedious process of whitelisting the email addresses for the purpose of showing external photos. This is how Google explained the previous criteria:
When you receive an email that contains externally linked images, Gmail usually doesn’t display the images automatically. This behavior is designed to help protect your privacy; if we displayed the images automatically, it could potentially allow the sender of the email to see that the images are being fetched, and therefore know when you’ve read their message.
The new policy as Google puts it is as follow:
We’ll only show images in messages that are authenticated, so you won’t have to worry about seeing images in messages where the sender’s name or address is spoofed
If you do not like the new feature, you can always go and disable it in the Settings page by checking the option “Ask before displaying external content”.
A good change by Gmail, dont you say. Let us hope we see more changes in the near future.
The newly designed interface of Google Docs which is slowly being rolled out to all the users suggests something quite interesting : Google Docs is moving closer towards an online storage. Stick with me for a while and the reasons will become evident to you as you read the post. First clue was the replacement of PDFs in Items By Menu with Files.
This replacement suggests one thing apparently which is users can upload any type of file to Google Docs. Besides that Google Docs also incorporated the advance search options. These options are similar to the ones available in Gmail and include:
- exact phrase matching (“todo list”)negative matching (summer -trip)
- Disjunctive matching (budget OR invoice)
- Built-in labels (is:starred, is:hidden)
- Collaborators: to find the documents shared by a person let’s say Michael Robinson, you need to search for: from:email@example.com, assuming that’s his email address. The problem is that you need to know the email address, since the operator doesn’t support (partial) names.
As I mentioned previously, it seems that Google Docs will allow its users to upload any type of files in the near future. Among them, some file will be editable, some will be viewable online while others can be used for the sole purpose of storing them online (PDF files happens to be one of the examples).
A question that arises the types and number of files that Google Docs will support. I hope that the answer to this question will be made available to us very soon.
Google is looking for new ways to protect Gmail inboxes from spam and phishing. Last year, Google took extra steps to protect Gmail from fake eBay and PayPal emails. Google was doing that by checking the “From” header of the emails claiming to be coming from one of eBay’s or PayPal’s domain. If, for example, the header says “ebay.com” it means it really did came from ebay.com. Anything else is rejected and even not posted to the spam folder because Gmail won’t accept it automatically.
Google is reminding its users to turn on “Authentication icon for verified senders” from the Labs tab under settings and they will see a key icon next to verified emails that are super-trustworthy. Super-trustworthy term is explained by Google as below:
“Super-trustworthy” is a technical term I just invented that means: (1) the sender, usually a financial institution, is a target of phishers, (2) all of the sender’s email is authenticated with DKIM, and (3) Gmail rejects any fake messages that claim to come from this sender, but actually don’t. explained Brad Taylor, Gmail Spam Czar.
This feature is limited to just eBay and PayPal right now. The reason is that its senders matter to make their email super-trustworthy.
We hope to add more senders in the future, and when we do, you’ll know because you’ll see the super-trustworthy key icon magically appear by those senders too. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. said Brad Taylor, Gmail Spam Czar.
Gmail is getting mature day by day which will definitely increase the number of its users.