I started using Gmail on the 23rd September 2004 when my friend Stuart sent me an invitation as part of the beta-test program. Since then I have sent approximately 22,000 items and received many more messages and attachments.
I once archived everything in my Inbox, but now I just leave the messages as they can be easily found. Currently I have 3,051 messages in the Inbox but I have read them all.
My main page tells me my storage is 33% full – “Using 3,484 MB of your 10,264 MB”. That’s 3.5GB of data which Google are storing for me at no charge!
Despite the worries about privacy and Google “reading” my mail, I use Gmail as my personal archive. I can quickly search and retrieve documents sent to my Toastmasters club, photographs, PDF files, and scans of music scores.
Gmail is a quick way to do a backup. All I have to do is send an email to myself and attach the files, usually Word and Excel documents and source code.
Are you a Gmail user? What do you like most about it? What do you dislike?